An all-cargo carrier is a cargo airline that specializes in the transport of goods, as opposed to passengers. These carriers typically have a fleet of specialized aircraft that are optimized for the carriage of cargo, such as freighters or converted passenger aircraft.
The global air cargo industry is estimated to be worth around $60 billion per year, and is forecast to grow at a rate of around 5% per year over the next decade. This growth is being driven by the increasing demand for fast and reliable transportation of goods across global supply chains. All-cargo carriers play an important role in meeting this demand, and are increasingly becoming the preferred choice for shippers looking to move their cargo quickly and cost effectively.
All-cargo carriers are valued by the companies that hire them to transport goods, because of their ability to offer guaranteed on-time deliveries. The cargo they carry is more time sensitive than that carried by passenger airlines, which operate with set schedules. On-time delivery of air cargo can be vital for companies wanting to maintain an efficient logistical network worldwide.
In addition to being able to guarantee on-time deliveries, all-cargo carriers also offer other benefits over passenger airlines, such as lower costs and increased security. They are able to ensure low rates compared with passenger services by carrying out multiple stops in smaller airports along their flight path rather than just one or two larger airports as a full passenger airline would have to do. This saves money by keeping aircraft weight down, and by reducing the amount of fuel required for the journey.
All-cargo carriers are often preferred to passenger airlines for medium or short distance freight networks, since they offer increased security over standard cargo carriers. Cargo is very rarely hijacked by criminals on an all-cargo carrier’s flight path due to their high level of security, which would likely cause significant financial damage to a criminal organization. All-cargo carriers usually ensure that shipments are not sorted until the last possible moment before loading onto the aircraft. This means there is no time during shipment sorting where any package would be unattended unless it was unloaded from the aircraft entirely.
Some common examples of all-cargo include FedEx Express, UPS Airlines and DHL Aviation.