Cargo Aircraft: A breakdown of wide-body freighters, Narrow-body freighters, & Feeder aircraft used by cargo companies
Cargo companies often use various types of aircraft to transport goods, those of which range from large, wide-body freighters to small turboprop "feeder" planes. Wide-body freighters are designed to accommodate containerized and palletized freight goods on their upper and lower decks, and these types of aircraft are primarily used on long international routes. Meanwhile, narrow-body freighters generally operate in domestic locations, an example being those that operate across the United States, Canada, Mexico, and the Caribbean where all locations are fairly close. Feeder aircraft, on the other hand, are generally used by express carriers like FedEx, DHL, and UPS to transport cargo to and from smaller markets. Several brands are known for producing cargo aircraft for shipping purposes, popular models including the Embraer KC-390, Airbus BelugaXL, B757-200PCF Freighter, and others.
All cargo carrier companies, as well as integrated express carriers, tend to rely on a combination of wide- and narrow-body jetliners to transport air cargo domestically and internationally. Freighter planes in particular are set apart from more standard aircraft as they are equipped with special features such as embedded rollers and hook locking facilities to secure the freight in place, and some even have winches to assist with lifting and positioning heavy loads. With these various features, cargo aircraft can keep goods and materials safe so that there is less risk of damage. To accommodate this, cargo aircraft are often devoid of many features that would be seen in a standard commercial airliner for passenger transportation.
While cargo-specific aircraft are best for the aerial shipment of goods, passenger planes are also sometimes utilized to transport cargo, with freight being stored in compartments at the front, back, and bottom of the plane. These compartments have doors with varying amounts of clearance depending on the types of aircraft
, meaning that they may be more limited in terms of space based on design. With the various drawbacks of using passenger aircraft for cargo transportation, cargo companies tend to avoid such options for major operations and deliveries.
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Posted on April 20, 2023