Why Air Freight?

Air freight is the transfer and shipment of cargo via an air carrier, which may be either chartered or commercial. Such shipments travel out of commercial freight and passenger aviation gateways to anywhere planes can fly and land.

The Advantages of Air Freight Shipping

The express shipping options of air freight make it a valuable option for conveyance of time sensitive shipments to almost anywhere in the world. This can be particularly advantageous for urgent or valuable cargo. Shipping by air also offers the advantage of a high level of security as airport controls over cargo are tightly managed.

  • Speed: Air freight is usually the fastest way to get goods to their destination.
  • Reliability: Despite occasional weather delays, air freight has the lowest possibility of impediment.

Three Primary Air Freight Options

The three primary air shipping options are next flight out, consolidated, and deferred. Any one (or all) may work for your business. There are other options to consider as well, like air charter, which can help secure the capacity you need and allows you to use an exclusive aircraft to meet any other unique requirements.

  1. Next Flight Out
    Definition: Freight is shipped as soon as a flight is available.
    Characteristics: Sometimes referred to as express, this is the fastest air cargo shipping option, but is also often the most costly. Express air cargo requires a provider with the resources to locate capacity at the last minute to ensure your timelines are met.
  2. Consolidated Shipping
    Definition: Your freight is bundled with the cargo of several other shippers prior.
    Characteristics: Consolidated air shipments move on a set schedule. By transporting at set times and with a larger shipment of goods, providers are often able to secure better rates.
  3. Deferred
    Definition: Postponing the shipment of your lower priority freight until there is space available on the aircraft.
    Characteristics: Often this type of air shipment still operates on a regular schedule. This type of air cargo often offers the greatest cost savings due to the potential for longer transit times.