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Title: The role of dedicated freighter aircraft in the provision of global airfreight services
Authors: Budd, Lucy C.S.
Ison, Stephen G.
Keywords: Airfreight
Freighter aircraft
Freight capacity
Cargo airlines
Issue Date: 2016
Publisher: © Elsevier Ltd.
Citation: BUDD, L. and ISON, S., 2016. The role of dedicated freighter aircraft in the provision of global airfreight services. Journal of Air Transport Management, 61, pp. 34–40.
Abstract: In 2014, over 51 million tonnes of cargo, valued at over US$6.8 trillion, was flown around the world. Approximately 56% of this total (by global revenue tonne kilometres (RTKs)) was flown on dedicated freighter aircraft which were either manufactured specifically for this purpose or converted from passenger use. The remaining 44% (by total global RTK) travelled as belly-freight in the holds of passenger flights or on combi (combination) or QC (quick change) aircraft that can accommodate both passengers and freight. Although both sources of capacity offer the same basic service e the aerial carriage of time sensitive and/or high value-to-weight goods e they exhibit different cost structures, operating characteristics and spatial patterns of demand and supply. Using empirical data on the contemporary scale and scope of global freighter operations, this paper examines the role of dedicated freighter aircraft in the provision of global airfreight services and identifies a range of exogenous and internal factors which may affect the demand and supply side characteristics of all-cargo air services in the future.
Description: This paper was published in the journal Journal of Air Transport Management and the definitive published version is available at http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.jairtraman.2016.06.003.
Version: Accepted for publication
DOI: 10.1016/j.jairtraman.2016.06.003
URI: https://dspace.lboro.ac.uk/2134/22460
Publisher Link: http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.jairtraman.2016.06.003
ISSN: 1873-2089
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