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U.S. cargo carriers. (air line statistics) (23rd Annual Market Development Report)

U.S. cargo carriers

Aerial Transit: The Miami-based cargo charter carrier flew 7.3 million FTKs in 1985 in the U.S. and to Latin America, according to reports filed with DOT.

Aeron International: The two-year-old cargo charter carrier, which is based in Newburgh, N.Y., flew 18.25 million FTKs in 1985 in its two Canadair CL-44Ds to post a 44.4% increase over its 1984 traffic. It is forecasting 38.5% growth in 1986.

Airborne: Although revenues gained 12% to $466 million in 1985, an increase in operating costs sent net earnings down to $8.2 million from $10.8 million in 1984, the company reported. One large cost item was the chartering in the fourth quarter of a Boeing 707 and a 727 to supplement its own fleet to meet demands for lift capacity.

Domestic shipments were up 45% and international up 41% for the year. International revenues, however, rose only 9% due to overcapacity and attendant price competition on the North Atlantic.

Air Express: The Miami-based carrier's traffic was off 13.4% to 19.5 million FTKs in 1985, according to reports filed with DOT.

Blackhawk: The Wisconsin carrier suspended its scheduled operations in February 1985.

Burlington Air Express: Prime time air carrier capacity declined in 1985 as prices soared, cutting Burlington's operating revenue 2.6% to $459.3 million despite an increase in business. Operating loss of $9.2 million, compared to an operating profit in 1984 of $15.7 million was caused, in part, by the firm's decision to start carrying its own cargo. …

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