Monday, April 09, 2007, 23:11 - Stuff
Posted by Administrator
Sitting at Charlotte/Douglas International Airport picking up a load of air freight. A significant percentage of domestic cargo shipped by air freight companies never sees the inside of an airplane. It's called diverted air freight
. With the time involved in loading & unloading aircraft, a truck can frequently make the run as fast as, if not faster than shipping by air. It is also cheaper & burns much less fuel. Diesel fuel runs about $2.75/Gal, Jet fuel is about $5.35/Gal.
By the way, there is a mystique about jet fuel. I'm going to dispel it. Jet fuel, diesel fuel & home heating oil are different blends of the same thing
. In fact it is a very common practice at most airports to fuel the diesel powered tugs, carts & other ground equipment with jet fuel. The only drawback is that jet fuel produces less
I love these air freight loads.
If they'd let me, I'd run nothing but air freight
I get to sit and watch the planes take off while listening to them on my air band radio.
As I'm typing this a cargo plane just started it's engines and taxied away right in front of me. I'm close enough to smell the exhaust!