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U.S. cargo carriers. (World Airline Report 1986)

U.S. cargo carriers

Aerial Transit: The Miami-based carrier posted a 10.8% increase in traffic in 1986, flying 8.1 million FTKs in its fleet of three Douglas DC-6As and one C-46. It is forecasting growth of an identical 10.7% in 1987.

On the financial side, revenues were up 3.1% to $2.57 million but expenses rose at a faster 7.3% clip to $2.6 million to produce an operating loss of $31,980 in contrast to a 1985 operating profit of $65,681. Net profit, however, climbed to $140,447 from $65,681.

Aeron International Airways: Moving from Newburgh, N.Y., to a new home in Hagerstown, Md., last year, Aeron also picked up another Canadair CL-44D swingtail freighter, giving it a fleet of four. Traffic increased 24.1% to 26.8 million FTKs and employment jumped 50% to 60.

The move into the old Fairchild Aircraft plant in Hagerstown gave Aeron the ability to do its own maintenance, with 91,000 sq. ft. of hangar and shop space and 11,000 sq. ft. of office space.

Airborne: Airborne Express had a good year in the increasingly competitive small-package market in 1986, increasing its traffic 18.7% to 219.4 million FTKs and boosting its profit 81.7% to $11.2 million. Operating from a hub at a former military airfield in Wilmington, Ohio, Airborne increased its employment 20% to 1,300 and added a number of airplanes to its fleet.

Forecast traffic for 1987 is an impressive 40. …

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