PKK From Denmark, joined Apr 2003, 184 posts, RR: 2
Reply 3, posted (10 years 11 months 6 days 17 hours ago) and read 4529 times:
If you mean getting a flight as an On-board courier for any of the large integrators like UPS, FedEx, TNT or DHL..... Then, not many chances anymore. They hardly do them these days and if they do, they use one of their own staff.
DeeCee3 From United Kingdom, joined Oct 2001, 34 posts, RR: 0
Reply 6, posted (10 years 11 months 5 days 2 hours ago) and read 4337 times:
Not going to be a lot of help here but...
I flew as a courier with BA LHR-JFK back in 1997. I can't remember how I got in touch with them, other than it was by phone and it took 3 hours in a queue! The lady I spoke to suggested that I could choose ANY International flight, with the exception of any by Concorde (they were saved for BA employees, she said.)
Baggage allowance was the same as anyone else, the only requirements were that I was dressed smartly. Normally, the couriers take a package both ways but I only took one on the outward leg.
Bd1959 From Australia, joined Oct 2002, 450 posts, RR: 2
Reply 7, posted (10 years 11 months 4 days 10 hours ago) and read 4269 times:
I too flew as a courier with BA - back in '96. LHR-FCO-LHR. Bookings were made via BA Freight. I've a very old phone number for them - codes etc have changed alot since then.
Price worked out at about half the standard APEX (from memory it was around Stg58.00 instead of 116.00 - or around that)
I seem to remember check-in was 2hrs instead of the Std 1hr for Europe and you had to report to the courier area in LHR. At FCO I don't think I ever did find the right area!! The counter I was told to report to didn't have a clue, the airport services area didn't know, I went back to the original counter who then sent me to a third place. This area was really the group check-in and there was a party of nuns with school kids checking in onto a flight to South America. I asked one of the nuns if she spoke English (I was getting nowhere with BAs own ground staff or the FCO staff). She started translating for me and before I knew it, I had a huge crowd around me, all waving arms and lots of volume. At this point, my wife decided to pull out the camera (big NO NO) and suddenly there were machine guns being levelled. At this point I spotted what looked like an ordinary courier guy come through the doors, I ducked out of the crowd and grabbed the guy. Luckily he spoke English, confirmed he usually supplied the BA parcel but that he had nothing today. I left everyone to it and went back aorund the corner to the BA desk to check-in. As far as I know, the nuns are still discussing pleasentries with the chcek-in staff!!
Tokolosh From Netherlands, joined Sep 2001, 366 posts, RR: 0
Reply 8, posted (10 years 11 months 4 days 5 hours ago) and read 4196 times:
I thought with the explosive growth of freight companies like FedEx, DHL etc, that individual couriers had become a thing of the past. I once did a courier trip from Amsterdam to NY in the mid-eighties carrying documents both ways. It was free and I got to stay in New York for a week!
Britair From United Kingdom, joined Aug 1999, 933 posts, RR: 15
Reply 11, posted (10 years 11 months 3 days 21 hours ago) and read 4019 times:
British Airways has courier flights available through British Airways Travel Shops dedicated BA World Cargo office. Their number is 0870 606 1133 (in the UK). Currently courier flights are available to JFK, Miami, Bangkok and Tokyo. Courier flights are great value, for instance for £99 you fly return to JFK and carry documents for cargo in the hold on that flight. They are BA's best kept secret! But there is only 1 courier on selected flights so they do go quick!