Air freight – situation mission critical only?

Air freight is an interesting concept on a domestic basis. In Australia we have a massive land mass, with a high level of urbanisation. Big distances between cities, with a very sparse population in between. Logically, this would lead one to think that airfreight would be incredibly popular.

Recently, I’ve noticed an increase in interest in people curious about the suitability of air freight for their freight, but they are very confused about how it all works.

Chief concerns are about making sure that their freight travels as quickly as possible, cost and if their freight can actually fit into the aircraft.

Airlines have different service levels, because they understand that some customers will pay more in certain situations to ensure that their freight is loaded and travels, and others are highly sensitive to price.

In Australia, due to our high frequency of flights, these guaranteed services are usually only used when big dollars are at stake in terms of lost production, or when there are very limited flights and capacities – such as into remote locations.

If you are considering air freighting your product on one or two flights between capital and major cities, then a priority service shouldn’t be required. Feel free to call us to discuss your particular requirements.

You are welcome to drop off and collect your freight from the airport, but we are also quite happy to arrange a courier or taxi truck. Your freight generally needs to be at the airport 90 minutes before the scheduled departure time.

On Virgin and Qantas wide body flights to and from Perth, Jetstar flights and the freighter 737 aircraft of Qantas and Toll, we are able to accept quite large consignments. On our airfreight page, we have listed the maximum weight and dimensions for each service, but do contact us as still we may be able to assist you. On all flights that are hand loaded, we have a weight limit of 60kgs, and some smaller planes, 34kgs per piece.

We are able to assist with perishable freight and dangerous goods; perishable goods will require polystyrene bins and gel packs to keep your product at its correct temperature, as aircraft do not have refrigeration facilities, except in the freight terminals at most airports. Dangerous goods will require extra planning and management – as you can appreciate there is a considerable security risk that needs to be managed.

We have moved all sorts of products by air, from cupcakes to 5 tonnes worth of insulation to drums of flammable liquid. If you need to move your product quickly, partner with a professional freight forwarder who specialises in air freight.

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