|Quoting falkerker (Reply 5):|
I know it is Cargo, but I have always wondered, what is the point of stopping in ANC, I dont see much cargo being picked up/dropped off there... is it just a fuel economy thing? The 747-8 can clearly do DFW-HKG non-stop, why stop in ANC (There must be a reason since most cargo ops go through ANC)
It's purely for fueling purposes only, besides crew changes. Some BR
crews fly ORD
with out swapping out. I can tell you that the only cargo airline that does a cargo swap is 5Y
and sometimes Korean Airlines. 5Y
has a a partnership of some kind with DHL and freight is taken off and loaded onto another inbound flight.
Interesting you bring this up because I asked one one the senior ramp agents for China Airlines about the cargo traffic here in ANC
and he told me that before the 2008 economic downturn, BR
, China Air, Air China and Korean Airlines would have to jockey for positions for fuel with Air China having a majority of the traffic there.
Now that the 748 can fly longer and farther, it has taken away some traffic from ANC
but on some evenings the ramp is full of BR
744's and MD
-11's, China Air 744's, Evergreen 744's CX
748's and occasionally a MH