wjcandee wrote:cvgComair wrote:[re DHL:] it looks as if Amazon is inhibiting their operations
"Amazon inhibiting DHL operations"...oh my gosh that's such a funny concept!! Hahahahahahahahaha! Made my day!
DHL was peeing on themselves to entice Amazon to use their unused day-sort capability and their underused ramp and people, and to ingratiate themselves to Amazon for business around the world, and to snatch the business away from ATSG. If DHL's operations are "inhibited" by the business that they solicited from Amazon, it's a problem that they asked for. And they sure as heck wouldn't even have a day operation in their puny little sort center at CVG (that they were so proud of and rushed to go back to after crashing and burning in their US expansion) if it weren't for Amazon.
What on earth are you talking about, DHL operates flights operations during the day, look at the second pic below, that is pre-Amazon during the middle the day, looks "underused to me" . In addition, since they operate flights all over the world at different times, their planes sit quite a while on the ramp at CVG to get cargo from other flights, they can't just park them in the grass! They are short on aircraft parking, DHL did not just add parking spaces for Amazon, they were originally for expanding their operations. Pre Amazon they had about 84 departures a day (http://www.cincinnati.com/story/money/2 ... /93484152/) I am sure they decided having Amazon to pay to use their facility was a good source of revenue when they don't have as many flights, but DHL is steadily increasing their network more and more. Of course much of the Domestic-International flows occur at night from CVG, but they also do a bunch of day time flying (its not day everywhere in the world at the same time, many of the Europe/Asia flights arrive/depart in the middle of the day, as well as numerous domestic routes). With DHL's ops, plus them having other carriers like Singapore Airlines, Cargolux, and AeroUnion coming in, its gets quite crowed during many times of the day. Look up any recent picture of the facility and you will see most if not all the hardstands full (and this is during the "slow" daytime you talk about).
Here is before Amazon came, the ramp looks very "underused", again, this is the middle of the day, they most certainly operate flights during the day: