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Flights For Cargo...not So Much For Pax  
User currently offlineBosugadl From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Posted (12 years 5 months 2 weeks 3 days 22 hours ago) and read 3149 times:

Ok this topic my be a little confusing, but bear with me...

Now I know that there have been topics here on odd ball routes such as RDU-LGW etc. This route is highly profitable for AA because of the company (forget the name) which buys a number of business class seat every year.

Well my question is, do airlines have similar flights where they have contracts to carry a lot of cargo, even if the pax aren't there. They reason I ask this is because this summer I was at the Lindt Chocolate Factory in Exeter NH. I asked one of the managers if they produce the chocolate at the factory. He told me that the raw chocolate is flown in everyday from Switzerland. He said that is a main reason why there is a daily flight ZRH-BOS. And they so this and spend to ensure that the product is fresh as opposed to using FedEX and having it take a day of two.

I had never thought about it, but it does make sense...It doesn't seem like the loads would be there for that daily flight. This guy could have been completely BS-ing me...But does anyone know if it is true, or am I making no sense what so ever?  Smile

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User currently offlineBosugadl From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 1, posted (12 years 5 months 2 weeks 3 days 7 hours ago) and read 3102 times:

Does anyone know if this is true and does it happen on other flights?...I would really like to know, please any info would be really appreciated, thank you  Smile

User currently offlineVirginFlyer From New Zealand, joined Sep 2000, 4652 posts, RR: 37
Reply 2, posted (12 years 5 months 2 weeks 3 days 6 hours ago) and read 3073 times:

Popular opinion has it that the main reason Emirates operates 3 daily return flights from Dubai to Auckland (DXB-SYD-AKL, DXB-SIN-MEL-AKL, DXB-SIN-BNE-AKL) is the freight uplift from NZ. As has been well publicised on this and other forums, their passenger numbers are rather low in to and out of Auckland.


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User currently offlineMELflyer From Australia, joined Jan 2005, 9 posts, RR: 5
Reply 3, posted (12 years 5 months 2 weeks 3 days 6 hours ago) and read 3056 times:

The EK example is particuarly true out of MEL, where pax cannot buy a thru ticket to AKL. The MEL-AKL sector is only pax from MEL plus huge amounts of cargo.


User currently offline9V-SVA From Singapore, joined Aug 2001, 1861 posts, RR: 7
Reply 4, posted (12 years 5 months 2 weeks 3 days 2 hours ago) and read 2954 times:

The CX flights departing HKG for SIN at 2-3am, using a B777-300, are primarily cargo flights and only limited amounts of pax can be taken, all seated at the last section of Y.


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User currently offlineSsides From United States of America, joined Feb 2001, 4059 posts, RR: 19
Reply 5, posted (12 years 5 months 2 weeks 3 days 2 hours ago) and read 2936 times:

AA's A300 flights to Latin American carry a lot of cargo. These flights are always packed with pax, but I've heard that AA would make money on them even if they were empty, they carry so much cargo.

"Lose" is not spelled with two o's!!!!
User currently offlineETA Unknown From Comoros, joined Jun 2001, 2297 posts, RR: 0
Reply 6, posted (12 years 5 months 2 weeks 2 days 22 hours ago) and read 2856 times:

The LAX-JFK sector of Qantas' SYD-LAX-JFK flight is primarily to service cargo.

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