ltbewr From United States of America, joined Jan 2004, 12668 posts, RR: 13 Posted (1 year 4 months 1 week 2 days 20 hours ago) and read 5169 times:
Years ago, smaller courier companies, mainly for internatinoal flights like NY-London or LA-Tokyo were available, delivering mainly business documents and other items with few problems as to customs. The companies used your luggage allowance and you paid a fraction of most fares. You may have been limited to a carry on bag and maybe one small checked bag. Have these gone he way of the Concorde, due to expanded larger courier companies controlling more of the international business (DHL, FedEx, UPS), fewer customs hassles, charges for checked bags and post-9/11 security hassles and issues ? Are there still opportunities for courier flying anymore?
blueflyer From United States of America, joined Jan 2006, 3445 posts, RR: 1 Reply 9, posted (1 year 4 months 1 week 1 day 23 hours ago) and read 3138 times:
It still exists, my employer uses onboard courriers regularly to ship badly needed small parts to customer sites. The key, as PanHAM is trying to explain, is that businesses (and individuals I suppose) have to have a history with a freight forwarder in order to "qualify" for the right to use an onboard courrier, so the forwarder is confident enough that the request isn't unusual, or the shipper a suspicious outfit.
Last time I was involved in logistics (a few years ago admittedly), UPS wouldn't accept us as a shipper for same-day service because we had no recent history with them, having used competitors for years instead. We would have had to be a customer of UPS' other services for a number of years (don't know how long) before they'd take us on for same-day.