Burnsie28 From United States of America, joined Aug 2004, 7834 posts, RR: 8
Reply 3, posted (8 years 5 months 2 weeks 6 days 3 hours ago) and read 3899 times:
Quoting ER757 (Reply 1): UA and AA used to and UA may get back in the game some day.
They tried it within the past 10 years and got killed by NW and other Cargo carriers. NW has as many cargo slots to china as FedEx and UPS. Also its history and integration, it has a lot of systems that other airlines would have to spend millions on.
NW uses ANC as its cargo hub not NRT, also NW did a lot of military lift for the U.S. during and after WWII shuttling supplies to Alaska , which is why they have a red tail, so they started freight services way back and continued to expand on that earlier service.
ER757 From Cayman Islands, joined May 2005, 2932 posts, RR: 7
Reply 5, posted (8 years 5 months 2 weeks 6 days 3 hours ago) and read 3865 times:
Quoting Burnsie28 (Reply 3): They tried it within the past 10 years and got killed by NW and other Cargo carriers
True - UA's DC10F experiment didn't last too long. I did read an article in Air Cargo World not that long ago though Where UA'a head of cArgo ops said they were considering an all-cargo arm again. Of course they're probably "considering" a lot of things. Same magazine had an interview with NW's CEO stating they were thinking of finally ditching the 742F's and either doing some 744 conversions from their pax fleet or buying new-build 748F's. Don't know where they'd get the $$$ for that though
Other US airlines actually do have cargo divisions and generate a lot of revenue from cargo, but the cargo is carried on passenger aircraft. One example: http://www.aacargo.com/
Many US carriers did operate freighters in the past. Apart from UA's more recent all-cargo DC-10s, they also had a sizable cargo operation between the mid-1960s and mid-1980s using 15 DC-8-50Fs. UA was the only carrier to purchase new DC-8s factory-built as freighters without passenger windows.