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Cargo Flights: Why Night?  
User currently offlineNWADC9 From United States of America, joined May 2004, 4898 posts, RR: 10
Posted (10 years 2 months 1 week 5 days 22 hours ago) and read 1707 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?


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User currently offlineN766UA From United States of America, joined Jul 1999, 8309 posts, RR: 23
Reply 1, posted (10 years 2 months 1 week 5 days 22 hours ago) and read 1679 times:

They do fly in the daytime, but overnight is best. You get the cargo to the airport in the evening and have it ready for trucks and shipments by morning.


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User currently offlineMidnightMike From United States of America, joined Mar 2003, 2892 posts, RR: 14
Reply 2, posted (10 years 2 months 1 week 5 days 22 hours ago) and read 1669 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.



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User currently offlineN766UA From United States of America, joined Jul 1999, 8309 posts, RR: 23
Reply 3, posted (10 years 2 months 1 week 5 days 22 hours ago) and read 1663 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.


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User currently offlineMidnightMike From United States of America, joined Mar 2003, 2892 posts, RR: 14
Reply 4, posted (10 years 2 months 1 week 5 days 22 hours ago) and read 1659 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.



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User currently offlinePSU.DTW.SCE From United States of America, joined Jan 2002, 7657 posts, RR: 27
Reply 5, posted (10 years 2 months 1 week 5 days 22 hours ago) and read 1654 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.


User currently offlineScootertrash From United States of America, joined Aug 2001, 569 posts, RR: 9
Reply 6, posted (10 years 2 months 1 week 5 days 22 hours ago) and read 1597 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.

Scooter


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