Best business; Under-floor Cargo or Dedicated Freighter. Part 3.

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By Bjorn Fehrm


June 30, 2022, © Leeham News: What is the best business? To transport cargo below the floor in passenger airliners or dedicated freighter aircraft?

We analyzed the cost of flying air freight from Shanghai to Denver last week. It was forwarded as a below-floor pallet or on a dedicated freighter.

We found the allocatable fuel costs were lower when piggybacking on passenger aircraft, but it’s not the whole story. Now we go a level deeper.

  • For fuel costs, the belly cargo alternative was the lower-cost alternative.
  • This changed when we added other operational costs.

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