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Courier Flights - Your Experiences

Thu Feb 26, 2004 2:01 am

Hi there,
I am just wondering if anybody from the members took a courier flight anywhere in the world.

I would like to ask several questions about this flights.

1. Where can you get them?
2. What routes they fly?
3. When you fly, can you take any baggage or are you entitled to FFP?

Any help is appericated. Thanks.

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RE: Courier Flights - Your Experiences

Thu Feb 26, 2004 4:14 am

Anybody, come please!!!!! There must be somebody who knows anything.

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RE: Courier Flights - Your Experiences

Thu Feb 26, 2004 4:16 am

Good question, I too would like to hear whatever info you guys have on the subject.
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RE: Courier Flights - Your Experiences

Thu Feb 26, 2004 4:24 am

If you mean getting a flight as an On-board courier for any of the large integrators like UPS, FedEx, TNT or DHL..... Then, not many chances anymore. They hardly do them these days and if they do, they use one of their own staff.

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RE: Courier Flights - Your Experiences

Thu Feb 26, 2004 4:29 am

There is a lot of info here...

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RE: Courier Flights - Your Experiences

Fri Feb 27, 2004 1:07 am

Come on people, there must be more of you who have some experiences about this topic or could help out!!!!!

Come on, give some info, there are several people interested in this topic.

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RE: Courier Flights - Your Experiences

Fri Feb 27, 2004 7:27 pm

Not going to be a lot of help here but...

I flew as a courier with BA LHR-JFK back in 1997. I can't remember how I got in touch with them, other than it was by phone and it took 3 hours in a queue! The lady I spoke to suggested that I could choose ANY International flight, with the exception of any by Concorde (they were saved for BA employees, she said.)

Baggage allowance was the same as anyone else, the only requirements were that I was dressed smartly. Normally, the couriers take a package both ways but I only took one on the outward leg.
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RE: Courier Flights - Your Experiences

Sat Feb 28, 2004 10:48 am


I too flew as a courier with BA - back in '96. LHR-FCO-LHR. Bookings were made via BA Freight. I've a very old phone number for them - codes etc have changed alot since then.

Price worked out at about half the standard APEX (from memory it was around Stg58.00 instead of 116.00 - or around that)

I seem to remember check-in was 2hrs instead of the Std 1hr for Europe and you had to report to the courier area in LHR. At FCO I don't think I ever did find the right area!! The counter I was told to report to didn't have a clue, the airport services area didn't know, I went back to the original counter who then sent me to a third place. This area was really the group check-in and there was a party of nuns with school kids checking in onto a flight to South America. I asked one of the nuns if she spoke English (I was getting nowhere with BAs own ground staff or the FCO staff). She started translating for me and before I knew it, I had a huge crowd around me, all waving arms and lots of volume. At this point, my wife decided to pull out the camera (big NO NO) and suddenly there were machine guns being levelled. At this point I spotted what looked like an ordinary courier guy come through the doors, I ducked out of the crowd and grabbed the guy. Luckily he spoke English, confirmed he usually supplied the BA parcel but that he had nothing today. I left everyone to it and went back aorund the corner to the BA desk to check-in. As far as I know, the nuns are still discussing pleasentries with the chcek-in staff!!

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RE: Courier Flights - Your Experiences

Sat Feb 28, 2004 4:05 pm

I thought with the explosive growth of freight companies like FedEx, DHL etc, that individual couriers had become a thing of the past. I once did a courier trip from Amsterdam to NY in the mid-eighties carrying documents both ways. It was free and I got to stay in New York for a week!
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RE: Courier Flights - Your Experiences

Sat Feb 28, 2004 4:28 pm

At UPS we have a divsion called Sonic Air that does Same Day delivery. Usually this is done via courier on a commercial flight. Or chartering a private a/c.

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Sat Feb 28, 2004 9:23 pm

Ah, the good old APEX. Ive not had one of those for years! Not even on the train! I think now its a World Offer with BA or on GNER train its a 'Bargain Return'
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RE: Courier Flights - Your Experiences

Sun Feb 29, 2004 12:28 am

British Airways has courier flights available through British Airways Travel Shops dedicated BA World Cargo office. Their number is 0870 606 1133 (in the UK). Currently courier flights are available to JFK, Miami, Bangkok and Tokyo. Courier flights are great value, for instance for £99 you fly return to JFK and carry documents for cargo in the hold on that flight. They are BA's best kept secret! But there is only 1 courier on selected flights so they do go quick!

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