asianguy767
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Whats Cargo Like For US Airlines?

Sat Feb 05, 2005 5:31 am

I am just wondering how the cargo business is doing for US airlines esp UA, US & DL? I know that when SARS hit Asia most asian airlines depended greatly on cargo business to stay afloat and minimise losses. I know that cargo giants like FedEx n UPS perhaps have the largest market share but then I believe the network of the other commercial airlines may be one up on these cargo only airlines. Or is there not that much cargo to fill all the planes in across US skies?
 
elwood64151
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RE: Whats Cargo Like For US Airlines?

Sat Feb 05, 2005 6:00 am

There's plenty of cargo. At NJ, we had a contract to move automotive parts to support Ford's Just-In-Time inventory system. We moved the parts if our flight was at the right time, which was about two to three times a month at one point.

In any event, Cargo is a huge part of some airlines' operations. I've seen pictures of dedicated NW 747s flying only cargo, and you can often find cargo containers flying along with baggage on the major carriers. Like mail, it helps to subsidize passenger routes, giving the airline additional income and making them more competitive.
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RE: Whats Cargo Like For US Airlines?

Sat Feb 05, 2005 6:34 am

NW is the largest cargo carrier among passenger airlines, bigger than UA, AA, DL, etc. NW has 12 designated 747-200 freighters, with two more coming this year. NW recently said that its cargo business is "robust." It's the only U.S. passenger carrier with desginated freighters.
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asianguy767
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RE: Whats Cargo Like For US Airlines?

Sat Feb 05, 2005 4:01 pm

well that would explain why NW is in better shape compared to the other US majors now if only UA, US & DL would get in on this.
 
INTENSS
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RE: Whats Cargo Like For US Airlines?

Sat Feb 05, 2005 4:15 pm

" It's the only U.S. passenger carrier with desginated freighters."

Well, it's the only SCHEDULED U.S passenger carrier with designated freighters.

China/Far East cargo is very hot right now. Some carriers can't find enough aircraft to support the demand...

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burnsie28
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RE: Whats Cargo Like For US Airlines?

Sat Feb 05, 2005 4:30 pm

Rich, care to enlighten us what other US passenger airline has designated freightors?
 
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RE: Whats Cargo Like For US Airlines?

Sat Feb 05, 2005 5:40 pm

Southwest Airlines does the most domestic cargo of any US airline including AA, UA, and DL. At LAX alone, we pump out 3 million pounds per MONTH. The next busiest airport (BWI) does 1.5 million. In the end, SW Cargo gets $100 million per year in added revenue from cargo. That's almost the same as 3 planes!

Ever fly Southwest and have the flight nearly empty and wonder how we make money? If so, then I guarrantee that the cargo hold is absolutely full of cargo. That's how!
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INTENSS
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RE: Whats Cargo Like For US Airlines?

Sat Feb 05, 2005 6:11 pm

"Rich, care to enlighten us what other US passenger airline has designated freightors?"

Sure, no problem.

Right here is the passenger version:

http://www.jetphotos.net/viewphoto.php?id=402485

And it's freighter counterpart:

http://www.jetphotos.net/viewphoto.php?id=417061

Of course, these are only 2 of the 16 (soon to be 18) aicraft in the current World fleet. Currently 11 pax a/c and 5 cargo a/c. Soon to be increased by 2 more freighters.

Omni used to have dedicated cargp a/c but I don't know if they still operate any to compliment their pax fleet.

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RE: Whats Cargo Like For US Airlines?

Sat Feb 05, 2005 11:32 pm

Southwest does the most domestic cargo of any US airline

Actually Southwest is #8 after Fedex, UPS,NWA,AA,DL,UA,CO in that order!!