GuamVICE From Guam, joined Jun 2005, 151 posts, RR: 18 Posted (9 years 6 days 6 hours ago) and read 3357 times:
Continental recently informed the United States Postal Service in Guam that it will no longer accept parcels over 16 ounces. No official reason given. The decision comes at the instruction of the Transportation Security Agency. CO's daily flight to HNL is responsible for a significant majority of the USPS's deliveries to the Mainland. With this new restriction, over 200,000 residents in the area are affected. I apologize if there's a thread already regarding this, but I was wondering if there are similar cases to this...Read on....
LTBEWR From United States of America, joined Jan 2004, 13115 posts, RR: 12
Reply 6, posted (9 years 6 days 5 hours ago) and read 3176 times:
For a number of years, the USPS has required all parcels over 16 ounces/1 Pound, to be brought in person to a USPS office and handed over the counter. This was done mainly to discourage mail bombs, especially after the 'unibomber'. As to Guam and the CO-Micro situation, probably in part for safety, but maybe to discourage heavy packages and hense extra weight on those long inter-island hops, to increase fuel mileage too.
Wjcandee From United States of America, joined Jun 2000, 5163 posts, RR: 22
Reply 8, posted (9 years 6 days 4 hours ago) and read 3138 times:
This looks like just a little logistics problem for the USPS. It's not that complicated a deal for them simply to charter some lift to pick up the backlogged packages, but frankly this isn't enough to charter a plane to come and get. "Seven tons of packages" sounds like a lot -- 14,000 pounds. But a DC8 or a 767-200 carry about 90,000 pounds, or more than SIX TIMES that amount. A 727 freighter can carry four times that amount. An MD-11 can carry over 200,000 pounds, while a DC10 can carry 160,000 pounds. Given this, it's hard to imagine (other than as a result of sheer bulk of packages) why some extra space isn't available via DHL or FedEx or UPS on one of their birds.
I guess the bottom line is that if it keeps accumulating, then it will ultimately be worthwhile to charter an aircraft to haul it to a larger distribution hub, where space will be more plentiful to get it to the US mainland.
Laxintl From United States of America, joined May 2000, 25385 posts, RR: 49
Reply 9, posted (9 years 6 days 4 hours ago) and read 3120 times:
Quoting Wjcandee (Reply 8): I guess the bottom line is that if it keeps accumulating, then it will ultimately be worthwhile to charter an aircraft to haul it to a larger distribution hub, where space will be more plentiful to get it to the US mainland.
USPS has been lately been using a weekly Kalitta B747F to operate HNL-GUM.
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Ha763 From United States of America, joined Jan 2003, 3660 posts, RR: 5
Reply 11, posted (9 years 6 days 2 hours ago) and read 3006 times:
Quoting Laxintl (Reply 9): USPS has been lately been using a weekly Kalitta B747F to operate HNL-GUM.
Unfortunately, the problem is GUM-HNL. Kalitta only flies HNL-GUM, allowing no problem for mail headed to GUM. The only freighter flying GUM-HNL is Asia Pacific Airlines, flying 727Fs to HNL twice a week.
I'm wondering if this affects the whole USPS system or only certain areas? I work for a foreign airline here in HNL that does carry US military mail from Asia and almost all those parcels are over 16oz, and tend to weigh around 30lbs each. I haven't done mail for a while, but we do get parcels that are over 16ozs. I also wonder if American Samoa is having the same problems?
GuamVICE From Guam, joined Jun 2005, 151 posts, RR: 18
Reply 12, posted (9 years 5 days 13 hours ago) and read 2842 times:
The USPS will have no problem getting a replacement carrier. It's CO that'll suffer the revenue loss...The GUM-HNL and HNL-GUM route is CO's most successful route as indicated by Continental CEO Larry Kellner in an earlier press release to the company... and in the meantime...GUM residents will just have to find alternative methods to ship their goods to their families and friends in the mainland...
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Stirling From Italy, joined Jun 2004, 3943 posts, RR: 21
Reply 13, posted (9 years 5 days 13 hours ago) and read 2818 times:
Quoting Ha763 (Reply 11): Unfortunately, the problem is GUM-HNL. Kalitta only flies HNL-GUM, allowing no problem for mail headed to GUM. The only freighter flying GUM-HNL is Asia Pacific Airlines, flying 727Fs to HNL twice a week
That's unusual, but makes sense.
The flow of goods into Guam, is probably much greater than what it generates...what else does Guam produce besides people, and mail?
So if Kalitta only serves Guam from Honolulu, where does this flight return to if not Hawai'i?
What is the cargo consist of that this Asia Pacific sends to HNL?
Do they run the route in reverse?
Tsnamm From United States of America, joined May 2005, 628 posts, RR: 0
Reply 15, posted (9 years 5 days 8 hours ago) and read 2701 times:
GUM/SPN ship/produce fresh fish (they ship tons of tuna to Japan)...garments for companies like Ann Taylor.Liz Claiborne, Polo, and Perry Ellis to name a few...theres a LOT of freight and mail coming out of Guam and the Northern Marianas Islands...