Air Freight Carriers: What do they do?

Air freight carriers are companies or airlines which are used to ship goods over long distances in a short amount of time. Freight carriers may be part of a passenger airline or dedicated a dedicated cargo airline. Such Freight carriers may also be dedicated transportation logistics companies like Fed-Ex who have a cargo airline and a business and logistics system to support end to end delivery as well.

Air freight or cargo airlines

Cargo/ air freight is a service used by many companies all over the world everyday for multinational import and export. Air freight services are professional logistics support businesses which manage the handling and transportation of goods and raw material. Today, airfreight businesses handle any kind of shipment, domestic or international, to any destination anywhere in the world provided there are no legal barriers to the transportation of the goods in question.

Modern airfreight services provide customs support (clearance agents all over the world) for the quick clearance of goods while also combining other transportation methods (like trucks or cargo ships) for end to end delivery in order to combine services and cut costs all round for themselves and therefore for their clients. Many such cargo carrying companies also provide the option for expedited shipment (express delivery) to most parts of the world.

There are three forms of air cargo transportation. Passenger airline freight (smaller goods carried on commercial passenger flights), dedicated cargo airlines using cargo planes, and super cargo planes used for specialized transportation (for instance machinery, other aircraft and any other such heavy goods).
Air freight transportation companies use a variety of aircraft, depending upon the goods, the quantity (or weight) and the destination. Commonly used aircraft may include ATRs, Boeing 707, 747-200F & 727, Douglas DC-8, DC-10, MD-11, Ilyushin Il-76 and even some 60-year-old Douglas DC-3s. The largest built cargo planes in use today are the USAF’s C-5 Galaxy and the Russian Antonov AN-225.

Freight forwarding services

Freight forwarding companies; act as intermediaries between clients who wish to ship goods and transportation companies who actually transport the goods; these companies usually have a vast list of transportation services with home they have established business relationships and as third-party logistics companies, provide clients the benefits of their expertise in handling all transportation related issues.

International shipments from one destination to another usually involve using a system of multiple carriers and attention to transportation requirements and legalities (bills or lading, customs documentation, clearance and insurance). A freight forwarding service handles these details for their clients, managing the entire logistics of a shipment, relieving a burden that would otherwise be handled by the business/ producer making the shipment.

These companies guarantee the delivery of the product to a destination by the contracted (agreed upon) delivery date, and negotiate the best price to move the goods via the most economical route by working out various bids and choosing the one that best balances speed, cost and reliability; often providing their clients with options on various packages which might best suit their needs accordingly.

Allen is a staff writer for Allegro Freight Services. Allegro Freight is one of the largest shipping companies worldwide, focusing in ocean freight, air freight and trucking freight with worldwide offices in many countries.


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