Air Transport World

U.S. cargo carriers. (industry report)

Airborne: The freight forwarder and express service operator added charter operations to its business last year on a space and time available basis. Operating out of its hub at Wilmington, Ohio, the airline flew 142.4 million FTKs in 1983, up 20% from the 118.1 million FTKs flown the previous year. The airline operates a mixed group of DC-9s and 13 YS-11s with cargo door conversions.

Air Freight Express: The Minnesota cargo carrier flew 6.86 million lbs. of freight in 1983 to post a 69% increase over its 1982 total.

Airlift: Although remaining in reorganization, Airlift expanded its fleet in 1983 to five aircraft--two McDonnell Douglas DC-8-50 freighters and three DC-8-61 passenger aircraft--from the two it flew in 1982. Employment increased from around 40 at the end of 1982 to 107 by yearend 1983.

In addition to ad hoc cargo and military cargo flights, Airlift is flying passenger charters for tour operators and wet-lease service for Air Haiti. Financial results have been improving, the company says, and traffic hit an upswing in early 1984. …

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