Best business; Under-floor Cargo or Dedicated Freighter. Part 4.

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By Bjorn Fehrm


July 7, 2022, © Leeham News: What is the best business? To transport cargo below the floor in passenger airliners or dedicated freighter aircraft?

We dug deeper into the cost of flying air freight from Shanghai to Denver last week, forwarded as a below-floor pallet on a passenger jet or via a dedicated freighter.

The cost advantage changed from passenger jet to freighter when we looked deeper into the allocatable cost. Now we finish by analyzing why cargo airlines are consistently more profitable than passenger airlines.

  • Freight airlines generate lower margins from operations than passenger airlines.
  • Still, they are more profitable. We explain how.

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