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Flights For Cargo...not So Much For Pax

Fri Dec 12, 2003 2:51 am

Ok this topic my be a little confusing, but bear with me...

Now I know that there have been topics here on odd ball routes such as RDU-LGW etc. This route is highly profitable for AA because of the company (forget the name) which buys a number of business class seat every year.

Well my question is, do airlines have similar flights where they have contracts to carry a lot of cargo, even if the pax aren't there. They reason I ask this is because this summer I was at the Lindt Chocolate Factory in Exeter NH. I asked one of the managers if they produce the chocolate at the factory. He told me that the raw chocolate is flown in everyday from Switzerland. He said that is a main reason why there is a daily flight ZRH-BOS. And they so this and spend to ensure that the product is fresh as opposed to using FedEX and having it take a day of two.

I had never thought about it, but it does make sense...It doesn't seem like the loads would be there for that daily flight. This guy could have been completely BS-ing me...But does anyone know if it is true, or am I making no sense what so ever?  Smile

 
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RE: Flights For Cargo...not So Much For Pax

Fri Dec 12, 2003 5:20 pm

Does anyone know if this is true and does it happen on other flights?...I would really like to know, please any info would be really appreciated, thank you  Smile
 
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RE: Flights For Cargo...not So Much For Pax

Fri Dec 12, 2003 6:24 pm

Popular opinion has it that the main reason Emirates operates 3 daily return flights from Dubai to Auckland (DXB-SYD-AKL, DXB-SIN-MEL-AKL, DXB-SIN-BNE-AKL) is the freight uplift from NZ. As has been well publicised on this and other forums, their passenger numbers are rather low in to and out of Auckland.

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RE: Flights For Cargo...not So Much For Pax

Fri Dec 12, 2003 6:38 pm

The EK example is particuarly true out of MEL, where pax cannot buy a thru ticket to AKL. The MEL-AKL sector is only pax from MEL plus huge amounts of cargo.

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RE: Flights For Cargo...not So Much For Pax

Fri Dec 12, 2003 10:30 pm

The CX flights departing HKG for SIN at 2-3am, using a B777-300, are primarily cargo flights and only limited amounts of pax can be taken, all seated at the last section of Y.

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RE: Flights For Cargo...not So Much For Pax

Fri Dec 12, 2003 10:48 pm

AA's A300 flights to Latin American carry a lot of cargo. These flights are always packed with pax, but I've heard that AA would make money on them even if they were empty, they carry so much cargo.
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RE: Flights For Cargo...not So Much For Pax

Sat Dec 13, 2003 2:31 am

The LAX-JFK sector of Qantas' SYD-LAX-JFK flight is primarily to service cargo.