Cargo Planes - Part 1 of 2

Cargo Planes - Part 1 of 2

7/22/2014 Umut Türker 1979 Times Read

I am fascinated by things. What things? Well, things.


In construction, I am fascinated by cranes that are either at the top of skyscrapers or next to tall buildings. I never saw a crane coming together so I always wondered how it is created. I always wondered about the enormous concrete slabs that provide ballast. I am sure that there are YouTube videos showing this, but I have yet to search, find, or watch them.


Ever since I was a child, I was fascinated by cruise ships and equally large ships. I would love to explore the lower levels of them. I am certain that there are miles of passages in each ship.

I am also fascinated by cargo planes, especially since I learned that cargo planes can take virtually the same containers that trucks, railways and ships use (although they are made of slightly different materials and weigh less, as weight is a crucial factor in all flights). Moreover, the lack of passengers, seats, heavy food carts, etc make cargo planes effective in terms of weight.


I have also learned, however, that cargo planes represent only a small percentage of the total air freight market. The majority of such cargo is taken in the cargo holds of normal passenger aircraft, often in subsidiaries of passenger airlines (such as Singapore Airlines) or in express delivery companies (such as FedEx). Much of the information found is from 10 years ago, but it does seem clear that the express delivery companies (FexEx, UPS, DHL) and Cathy Pacific Cargo, Korean Air Cargo and Singapore Air Cargo are always among the Top 10 in terms of carrying cargo.


Nevertheless, cargo planes are fascinating. Wikipedia says that there are three categories of cargo aircraft:


1) Cargo aircraft in subsidiaries of passenger or military airlines The Boeing 747 200F is the most common workhorse of this type.


2) Cargo aircraft developed by a civilian cargo airline, and designed without regard to either military or passenger requirements. These are very effective and efficient, but have high overhead costs as a result of the dedicated development, which could be passed on to investors and/or importers and exporters


We make international freight easier

3) Cargo aircraft developed jointly by civilians and military, and which would satisfy bother commercial and military requirements. One benefit of this is that the military would require fewer airplanes as they would have access to these but the drawback--as in all compromises--is that the features may satisfy neither the civilian authorities nor the military authorities.