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Courier Flying?

Sat Jul 28, 2012 1:08 pm

Years ago, smaller courier companies, mainly for internatinoal flights like NY-London or LA-Tokyo were available, delivering mainly business documents and other items with few problems as to customs. The companies used your luggage allowance and you paid a fraction of most fares. You may have been limited to a carry on bag and maybe one small checked bag. Have these gone he way of the Concorde, due to expanded larger courier companies controlling more of the international business (DHL, FedEx, UPS), fewer customs hassles, charges for checked bags and post-9/11 security hassles and issues ? Are there still opportunities for courier flying anymore?
 
PanHAM
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RE: Courier Flying?

Sat Jul 28, 2012 2:10 pm

On board courier flying is very much alive, same day or next day specials are flown every day on all possibloe destinations.

it is a specialised business, door-to-door, much quicker thn regular airfreight and even quicker than what the integrators with their fixed schedule can do.

When the phone call comes in, pick-up is arranged and while the item is on the eway to the airport the quickes solution to get it to B is booked, a courier called in and arrangements made.
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RE: Courier Flying?

Sat Jul 28, 2012 4:45 pm

Sounds interesting. I've heard of medical students that are part-time organ transplant couriers.

Do you know of any company that recruits couriers?


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strangr
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RE: Courier Flying?

Sun Jul 29, 2012 5:31 am

I would have thought this would have died out by now. Considering the restrictions with checked baggage, and TSA and all that stuff.
 
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RE: Courier Flying?

Sun Jul 29, 2012 6:25 am

Quoting strangr (Reply 3):

I would have thought this would have died out by now. Considering the restrictions with checked baggage, and TSA and all that stuff.

I think you are correct in thinking it died out years ago.
 
PanHAM
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RE: Courier Flying?

Sun Jul 29, 2012 7:15 am

Funny there are companies living on on board courier business.
TSA is not ruling the world, security is staffed with educated people in many countries aqround the globe.

Checkd baggage is screened and hand carry, as long as it fits the bins, can be inspected. Proper documentation such as commercial invoices, packing lists etc help as well.
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RE: Courier Flying?

Sun Jul 29, 2012 7:56 am

Just go be a US Diplomatic Courier. You get paid that way...
 
strangr
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RE: Courier Flying?

Sun Jul 29, 2012 9:00 am

Quoting PanHAM (Reply 5):
Checkd baggage is screened and hand carry, as long as it fits the bins, can be inspected. Proper documentation such as commercial invoices, packing lists etc help as well.

see my concern is that they would not know what they are taking on board. There is that question you always get asked, did you pack your bag?

I can understand if it is just important documents but not checked baggage and well most airlines now charge extra for the checked baggage anyway.
 
PanHAM
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RE: Courier Flying?

Sun Jul 29, 2012 9:04 am

Quoting strangr (Reply 7):
see my concern is that they would not know what they are taking on board. There is that question you always get asked, did you pack your bag?

A üprofessional freight forwarder who runs a companby that does on board courier never will serve Joe Blow or Ali Ahmad coming in as a first time customer.

Only known shippers will be accepted as customers. Secruity can always inspect , screen and x-ray the carry ons , checked baggage is x-rayed anyway, as is all freight nowadays.

Your concerns are unwarranted-.
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RE: Courier Flying?

Sun Jul 29, 2012 9:52 am

It still exists, my employer uses onboard courriers regularly to ship badly needed small parts to customer sites. The key, as PanHAM is trying to explain, is that businesses (and individuals I suppose) have to have a history with a freight forwarder in order to "qualify" for the right to use an onboard courrier, so the forwarder is confident enough that the request isn't unusual, or the shipper a suspicious outfit.

Last time I was involved in logistics (a few years ago admittedly), UPS wouldn't accept us as a shipper for same-day service because we had no recent history with them, having used competitors for years instead. We would have had to be a customer of UPS' other services for a number of years (don't know how long) before they'd take us on for same-day.
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