wjcandee
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RAMPERS: How's The Holiday Mail Going?

Tue Dec 18, 2007 4:34 am

With there being no official holiday C-NET this year for the US Postal Service, all that holiday mail that went by dedicated air network last year has to move by some other way. An earlier thread discussed how that would be (more truck, more rail, and the balance on FedEx, UPS and the remaining domestic passenger carriers that still fly the mail).

Today is the busiest mailing day of the year. So I ask you folks out there on the ramp at the passenger carriers (and FedEx and UPS, too): How's the mail moving? Are you seeing any larger than normal backups on the ramp at your station or your carrier? Are you having to fling more mail aboard than you ever remember? (If so, that's not necessarily a bad thing because it's at least 50 cents a pound for your carrier if the aircraft can haul it.)

Meanwhile, MEM, SDF and PHL seem like good spotting spots for unusual cargo birds this week. Look for unusual action from CKS, KFS, APW, CWC, EIA, ATN, CCI, GTI, MUA and the like. The first two spots are obvious, but PHL seems to be one UPS hub that's getting quite a few unusual visitors.

All the best...and stay warm (and safe) out there!
 
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RE: RAMPERS: How's The Holiday Mail Going?

Tue Dec 18, 2007 4:54 am

What US carriers still carry mail? I know a lot ended contracts rather recently.
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RE: RAMPERS: How's The Holiday Mail Going?

Tue Dec 18, 2007 4:57 am

My airline (HP) (okay okay, US) still carries quite a bit of mail....I've noticed over the last week mail loads increasing. I'd venture a guess saying on average all the flights I've loaded have averaged about 2-3 thousand lbs. No particular destination comes to mind though either, it's pretty spread out across the board. Hub to Hub is heavy though, PHX, CLT, PHL, LAS.


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RE: RAMPERS: How's The Holiday Mail Going?

Tue Dec 18, 2007 6:28 am

We got killed today at AUS.

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wjcandee
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RE: RAMPERS: How's The Holiday Mail Going?

Tue Dec 18, 2007 7:17 am

Quoting RoseFlyer (Reply 1):
What US carriers still carry mail? I know a lot ended contracts rather recently.

The 5-year contracts issued at the end of 2006 went to only 7 carriers, only 3 of which were legacies: AA CO US. The others were TZ B6 YX and SY. There is some pretty heavy cargo charter metal running to Hawaii from LAX, which will doubtless be carrying some mail, but TZ plainly has an opportunity there, to the extent that there's much room left after all the pax bags on these full flights. B6 is another that should have a grand opportunity out of JFK. With US's hubs (CLT PHL PHX) being substantial O/D points in the mail network, as well as places that mail will be swapped between aircraft, I would expect them to be very busy...but that's why I'm asking. (And thanks for the report, Crj.)

[Edited 2007-12-17 23:19:49]
 
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RE: RAMPERS: How's The Holiday Mail Going?

Tue Dec 18, 2007 7:24 am

I'm a ramper for UA in AUS and we carry mail...just not a lot. I haven't seen any mail for 2-3 weeks. Not sure why exactly, we just started carrying mail again about 2-3 months ago. In DFW I know the UA mail loads were all very heavy...and that was in September, I can only imagine what its like now!
 
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RE: RAMPERS: How's The Holiday Mail Going?

Tue Dec 18, 2007 7:35 am

Yeah, yesterday was the busiest day.

I had 12 DHL Overnighters yesterday (of which are in ILN as I write this, actually), though when my DHL driver picked them up at 10am his van was about 95% full with packages. I'd suspect the same is true for the aircraft, too.

Most flights I recognized were delayed tonight, including my parcels on ABX163, probably because they had to figure out how the hell to fit everything onboard  Silly

A lot of chartered flights in the system for all carriers, of course.

I havent really tracked any of my USPS Priorities since last week but I suspect they're getting to their destinations on time as I havent received any 'where the hell is my package?' questions from customers. I probably shipped at least 300+ priorities since Dec 10th.

Quoting FXramper (Reply 3):
We got killed today at AUS.

As obvious by your username, i'm assuming you work for FedEx, correct? What was the holdup in AUS? Looks like the flight left at its normal departure time. Also, on the 10pm (plus minus couple hours) departures, is FDX carrying any USPS Priority or First Class mail, or is it primarily FDX parcels?

Everything capped out volume wise top and bottom on FDX1227 on 12/17 i'm guessing, right?
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RE: RAMPERS: How's The Holiday Mail Going?

Tue Dec 18, 2007 7:35 am



Quoting Tcfc424 (Reply 5):
I'm a ramper for UA in AUS and we carry mail

You know, of course you're right. My mistake. They got a contract several months after the late-2006 awards to the other carriers, that will terminate at the same time as the other carriers' contracts, end of fiscal year 2011. Of course, all I had to do was look at the UA web site for the press release: http://www.united.com/press/detail/0,6862,58022-1,00.html Thanks for the correction.

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