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Cargo Flights: Why Night?

Fri Aug 13, 2004 11:22 am

While I walking home one day in the evening, I saw FedEx C208's landing all over the place, as well as an A310. But in the daytime, I don't see any cargo flights. Why nighttime? Can't they fly in the daytime as well, or will they melt if they see the light of day at 37,000 feet?
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RE: Cargo Flights: Why Night?

Fri Aug 13, 2004 11:25 am

They do fly in the daytime, but overnight is best. You get the cargo to the airport in the evening and have it ready for trucks and shipments by morning.
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RE: Cargo Flights: Why Night?

Fri Aug 13, 2004 11:29 am

Many reasons, cheaper landing fees, less traffic at night time, no loading/unloading
can be done at night. Cooler temperatures for perishable items such as fish or fruit, many
more reasons.
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RE: Cargo Flights: Why Night?

Fri Aug 13, 2004 11:31 am

Also, don't forget orders are placed all through the day. Businesses take orders till the late afternoon then cut them off for the next day. Thus, they ship that days packages out in the evening so it makes most sense to have the jets waiting for those packages. By the time they get to the airport it's 10PM.
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RE: Cargo Flights: Why Night?

Fri Aug 13, 2004 11:32 am

Many reasons, cheaper landing fees, less traffic at night time, no loading/unloading
can be done at night. Cooler temperatures for perishable items such as fish or fruit, many
more reasons. Lower temps for the aircraft, cargo aircraft can be at max. take off weight.
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RE: Cargo Flights: Why Night?

Fri Aug 13, 2004 11:33 am

Mostly for business purposes. Carriers can make landside pick-ups in the late afternoon around close of business and get it to the destination next day in the morning. All of the legwork is done at night, thus it allows business to expedite important business.

Plus in many instances, a business many not have a shipping/receiving clerk on duty at night, thus all pick-ups & deliveries have to be made during normal business hours.
 
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RE: Cargo Flights: Why Night?

Fri Aug 13, 2004 12:04 pm

Air freight is also a big part of the concept of JIT (Just In Time) manufacturing. By shipping parts and materials overnight manufacturers do not have to spend money on warehouse overhead or inventory taxes. By shipping these things overnight manufacturers can ensure that part arrive "just in time" for the daytime work shifts.

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