Terms & Glossaries of Shipping and Trading
Belly Freight is the transportation of goods via passenger aircraft. Freight accommodation located below the main deck.
Belly Freight is the transportation of goods via passenger aircraft. Freight accommodation located below the main deck. With this shipping option, goods are transported in the lower deck of a passenger aircraft. Many airlines combine cargo transportation with passenger traffic to reach a better occupancy rate of the space available on a flight.
What's the pros and cons of Belly Freight?
Airlines take care of the majority of the cost from the ticket sales that passengers are paying, leaving the revenue brought in from belly cargo to be near to pure profit on flights. Therefore in theory if the plane has belly cargo room it should always be willing to accept the freight. Much of the fixed are covered by the government as the build the airports. This again brings to light the importance of capitalizing on all revenue opportunities when a plane is a flight because it is when the airplane is flying that the majority of the costs are being incurred. Belly cargo is a market that has a proven demand and opportunities for market growth.
Besides, strict air regulation and highly advanced technology make the airline industry very safe and reliable to do business with. Other advantages include the industries awareness of the importance of safety, properly trained staff, corporate commitment to safety, the industries use of quality checks and management programs. Customers can trust that their orders will be secure and handled properly. However some major disadvantages are that the industry tries to stick to a very punctual schedule and the regulation. If orders are not in the proper area at the proper time the airline industry will not accommodate the shipper. The customer will have to wait until the next time that the airline has room for their shipment to go to the desired destination. Also regulation dictates what may be shipped by airlines as they are also carrying passengers.
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