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Whats Cargo Like For US Airlines?  
User currently offlineAsianguy767 From Singapore, joined Oct 2003, 263 posts, RR: 0
Posted (9 years 10 months 4 weeks 19 hours ago) and read 3488 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?

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User currently offlineElwood64151 From United States of America, joined Feb 2002, 2477 posts, RR: 6
Reply 1, posted (9 years 10 months 4 weeks 19 hours ago) and read 3456 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.



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User currently offlineBoeing757/767 From United States of America, joined Jun 1999, 2282 posts, RR: 1
Reply 2, posted (9 years 10 months 4 weeks 18 hours ago) and read 3430 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.


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User currently offlineAsianguy767 From Singapore, joined Oct 2003, 263 posts, RR: 0
Reply 3, posted (9 years 10 months 4 weeks 9 hours ago) and read 3341 times:

well that would explain why NW is in better shape compared to the other US majors now if only UA, US & DL would get in on this.

User currently offlineINTENSS From United States of America, joined Aug 2004, 317 posts, RR: 1
Reply 4, posted (9 years 10 months 4 weeks 8 hours ago) and read 3329 times:

" It's the only U.S. passenger carrier with desginated freighters."

Well, it's the only SCHEDULED U.S passenger carrier with designated freighters.

China/Far East cargo is very hot right now. Some carriers can't find enough aircraft to support the demand...

-Rich


User currently offlineBurnsie28 From United States of America, joined Aug 2004, 7567 posts, RR: 8
Reply 5, posted (9 years 10 months 4 weeks 8 hours ago) and read 3329 times:

Rich, care to enlighten us what other US passenger airline has designated freightors?


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User currently offlineQANTAS747-438 From United States of America, joined Jan 2001, 1985 posts, RR: 2
Reply 6, posted (9 years 10 months 4 weeks 7 hours ago) and read 3302 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.
User currently offlineINTENSS From United States of America, joined Aug 2004, 317 posts, RR: 1
Reply 7, posted (9 years 10 months 4 weeks 6 hours ago) and read 3295 times:

"Rich, care to enlighten us what other US passenger airline has designated freightors?"

Sure, no problem.

Right here is the passenger version:

http://www.jetphotos.net/viewphoto.php?id=402485

And it's freighter counterpart:

http://www.jetphotos.net/viewphoto.php?id=417061

Of course, these are only 2 of the 16 (soon to be 18) aicraft in the current World fleet. Currently 11 pax a/c and 5 cargo a/c. Soon to be increased by 2 more freighters.

Omni used to have dedicated cargp a/c but I don't know if they still operate any to compliment their pax fleet.

-Rich




User currently offlineBobnwa From United States of America, joined Dec 2000, 6538 posts, RR: 9
Reply 8, posted (9 years 10 months 4 weeks 1 hour ago) and read 3255 times:

Southwest does the most domestic cargo of any US airline

Actually Southwest is #8 after Fedex, UPS,NWA,AA,DL,UA,CO in that order!!


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