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U.S. cargo carriers. (1984 Market Development Report)

U.S. Cargo Carriers

Airborne: Operating from a Wilmington, Ohio, hub, Airborne flew 135.9 million FTKs in 1984 for a 5.2% increase over its 1983 total. It anticipates growth of 5.3% this year.

Operating revenues climbed 14.5% to $79.4 million while expenses rose 11.9% to $73.3 million, boosting operating profit to $6 million and net profit to $5.5 million compared to $3.8 million and $3 million, respectively, in 1983.

Airborne plans to add two McDonnell Douglas DC-9-33Fs and a DC-9-32F to its fleet this year. It currently flies four DC-9-32s, three DC-9-31s, two DC-9-32Fs, two DC-9-33Fs, two DC-9-10s, 13 YS-11s and a Cessna 402.

Air Express: The Miami-based carrier, which operates three Canadair CL-44s, reported to DOT that it flew 14.1 million FTKs in 1984 for a 17.9% increase over 1983.

Air Freight Express: The Minnesota carrier's freight traffic jumped 35.3% in 1984 to 9,284,348 lbs., largely on the strength of a contract to carry packages for Federal Express. Since it will not be flying for Federal this year, it anticipates a traffic decline. It also will be undergoing a name change, since the air part of its business has been bought by Northland Air Cargo. Air Freight Express will become exclusively a trucking company.

Blackhawk: Good traffic growth continued at the Wisconsin cargo carrier in 1984. Blackhawk's 3.1 million lbs. of freight was up 35.5% over the 1983 total. …

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