Asianguy767 From Singapore, joined Oct 2003, 263 posts, RR: 0 Posted (10 years 3 weeks 6 days 9 hours ago) and read 3605 times:
I am just wondering how the cargo business is doing for US airlines esp UA, US & DL? I know that when SARS hit Asia most asian airlines depended greatly on cargo business to stay afloat and minimise losses. I know that cargo giants like FedEx n UPS perhaps have the largest market share but then I believe the network of the other commercial airlines may be one up on these cargo only airlines. Or is there not that much cargo to fill all the planes in across US skies?
Elwood64151 From United States of America, joined Feb 2002, 2477 posts, RR: 5
Reply 1, posted (10 years 3 weeks 6 days 9 hours ago) and read 3573 times:
There's plenty of cargo. At NJ, we had a contract to move automotive parts to support Ford's Just-In-Time inventory system. We moved the parts if our flight was at the right time, which was about two to three times a month at one point.
In any event, Cargo is a huge part of some airlines' operations. I've seen pictures of dedicated NW 747s flying only cargo, and you can often find cargo containers flying along with baggage on the major carriers. Like mail, it helps to subsidize passenger routes, giving the airline additional income and making them more competitive.
Those who fail to learn history are doomed to repeat it in summer school.
Boeing757/767 From United States of America, joined Jun 1999, 2282 posts, RR: 1
Reply 2, posted (10 years 3 weeks 6 days 8 hours ago) and read 3547 times:
NW is the largest cargo carrier among passenger airlines, bigger than UA, AA, DL, etc. NW has 12 designated 747-200 freighters, with two more coming this year. NW recently said that its cargo business is "robust." It's the only U.S. passenger carrier with desginated freighters.
QANTAS747-438 From United States of America, joined Jan 2001, 1993 posts, RR: 2
Reply 6, posted (10 years 3 weeks 5 days 21 hours ago) and read 3419 times:
Southwest Airlines does the most domestic cargo of any US airline including AA, UA, and DL. At LAX alone, we pump out 3 million pounds per MONTH. The next busiest airport (BWI) does 1.5 million. In the end, SW Cargo gets $100 million per year in added revenue from cargo. That's almost the same as 3 planes!
Ever fly Southwest and have the flight nearly empty and wonder how we make money? If so, then I guarrantee that the cargo hold is absolutely full of cargo. That's how!
My posts/replies are strictly my opinion and not that of any company, organization, or Southwest Airlines.