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The No.1 cargo type in the world?

Wed Mar 06, 2019 5:19 pm

So what is the most popular commodity flown around the world by cargo airlines? I think it might be food stuffs followed by manufacturing, but I am no expert,TIA :?:
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Re: The No.1 cargo type in the world?

Wed Mar 06, 2019 6:19 pm

It varies a lot, cargo can literally be anything. A lot of it are parcels. DHL, UPS, FedEx, etc. Those can contain anything and are all shipped together.

I know in Amsterdam a lot of air cargo consists of flowers, the Netherlands is one of the biggest export countries of flowers in the world. Very likely if you buy flowers anywhere in the world those are from the Netherlands and were flown out of Amsterdam.
 
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Re: The No.1 cargo type in the world?

Wed Mar 06, 2019 6:27 pm

Not really an answer to the question but I was at AMS one time watching some very high value high performance cars being loaded onto a 747, I was so engrossed I almost forgot to go and get my flight.
 
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Wed Mar 06, 2019 7:54 pm

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Re: The No.1 cargo type in the world?

Thu Mar 07, 2019 3:59 am

PatrickZ80 wrote:
It varies a lot, cargo can literally be anything. A lot of it are parcels. DHL, UPS, FedEx, etc. Those can contain anything and are all shipped together.

I know in Amsterdam a lot of air cargo consists of flowers, the Netherlands is one of the biggest export countries of flowers in the world. Very likely if you buy flowers anywhere in the world those are from the Netherlands and were flown out of Amsterdam.


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Re: The No.1 cargo type in the world?

Fri Mar 08, 2019 10:37 am

acjbbj wrote:
PatrickZ80 wrote:
It varies a lot, cargo can literally be anything. A lot of it are parcels. DHL, UPS, FedEx, etc. Those can contain anything and are all shipped together.

I know in Amsterdam a lot of air cargo consists of flowers, the Netherlands is one of the biggest export countries of flowers in the world. Very likely if you buy flowers anywhere in the world those are from the Netherlands and were flown out of Amsterdam.


On what airplanes?

The ones from Kenya usually come in on KLM's combi 747 on the passenger flight. I believe Martinair also do some 747 flights to Nairobi for flowers and fresh produce.

Car parts and medicines are also very common, according to a friend who works for DHL.
 
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Re: The No.1 cargo type in the world?

Fri Mar 08, 2019 4:14 pm

My money is on a Cessna model being the #1 cargo carrying type.
 
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Sat Mar 09, 2019 6:40 am

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Re: The No.1 cargo type in the world?

Sat Mar 09, 2019 9:56 am

Your topic is ambiguous. Do you mean a/c type, as in B747, or do you mean type of cargo, as in express parcels. And if by type of cargo, by weight, by value, by piece?
 
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Re: The No.1 cargo type in the world?

Sat Mar 09, 2019 10:16 am

acjbbj wrote:
jubaexpress wrote:
On what airplanes?

The ones from Kenya usually come in on KLM's combi 747 on the passenger flight. I believe Martinair also do some 747 flights to Nairobi for flowers and fresh produce.


Besides that, a lot of cargo is hauled in the belly of passenger aircraft. Those cargo holds are not just for the luggage of the passengers above, they contain more than that.

Years ago I was on holiday in Gran Canaria and we were visiting a tomato farm. It was explained that the best tomatoes (category 1 quality) are meant for export, mainly to Europe. Funny idea that when you return home from your holiday you're sitting on top of those tomatoes that you'll be buying in the supermarket the next day.
 
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Re: The No.1 cargo type in the world?

Sat Mar 09, 2019 10:33 pm

No idea what the Number 1 is.

As a side note, saw a lot of big boxes of Salmon/Sea Food loaded on our Southwest flight a couple weeks ago from SMF-DAL.
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