NWADC9 From United States of America, joined May 2004, 4904 posts, RR: 9 Posted (11 years 9 months 2 weeks 3 days 2 hours ago) and read 2172 times:
While I walking home one day in the evening, I saw FedEx C208's landing all over the place, as well as an A310. But in the daytime, I don't see any cargo flights. Why nighttime? Can't they fly in the daytime as well, or will they melt if they see the light of day at 37,000 feet?
Flying an aeroplane with only a single propeller to keep you in the air. Can you imagine that? -Capt. Picard
N766UA From United States of America, joined Jul 1999, 8730 posts, RR: 23
Reply 3, posted (11 years 9 months 2 weeks 3 days 2 hours ago) and read 2128 times:
Also, don't forget orders are placed all through the day. Businesses take orders till the late afternoon then cut them off for the next day. Thus, they ship that days packages out in the evening so it makes most sense to have the jets waiting for those packages. By the time they get to the airport it's 10PM.
MidnightMike From United States of America, joined Mar 2003, 2892 posts, RR: 13
Reply 4, posted (11 years 9 months 2 weeks 3 days 2 hours ago) and read 2124 times:
Many reasons, cheaper landing fees, less traffic at night time, no loading/unloading
can be done at night. Cooler temperatures for perishable items such as fish or fruit, many
more reasons. Lower temps for the aircraft, cargo aircraft can be at max. take off weight.
PSU.DTW.SCE From United States of America, joined Jan 2002, 8139 posts, RR: 26
Reply 5, posted (11 years 9 months 2 weeks 3 days 2 hours ago) and read 2119 times:
Mostly for business purposes. Carriers can make landside pick-ups in the late afternoon around close of business and get it to the destination next day in the morning. All of the legwork is done at night, thus it allows business to expedite important business.
Plus in many instances, a business many not have a shipping/receiving clerk on duty at night, thus all pick-ups & deliveries have to be made during normal business hours.
Scootertrash From United States of America, joined Aug 2001, 569 posts, RR: 8
Reply 6, posted (11 years 9 months 2 weeks 3 days 2 hours ago) and read 2062 times:
Air freight is also a big part of the concept of JIT (Just In Time) manufacturing. By shipping parts and materials overnight manufacturers do not have to spend money on warehouse overhead or inventory taxes. By shipping these things overnight manufacturers can ensure that part arrive "just in time" for the daytime work shifts.