Question: Will moving cargo by air continue to increase in capacity
The passenger airlines carry more cargo than do the cargo specialist and it
still only counts for 10% of airline revenues.
Cargo hasn?t received acknowledgement in important airline decisions that
seam to cater to the passenger airlines as airlines operate aircraft that have the
capability to carry cargo in the belly while still handling passengers, mail, and
baggage. They can make additional revenue by moving cargo along with
passengers, and with a network of airports all over the US. Airborne exports
account for 30% of total exports and between 15 to 20 percent of all imports to
the US. The Government keeps tabs on the cargo industry insuring a viable Civil
Reserve Air Fleet is available for emergency situations around the world.
Air Cargo has three forms: air freight, mail and air express. The first
airmail route went from New York City to Washington D.C. in 1918. Mail
dominated revenues until aircraft arrived specifically designed for passengers.
Airmail; still only accounts for 2 or 3 percent of airline revenues with the United
States Postal Service being the only airline that revenues come completely from
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