Air freight is one of the most efficient and common ways of transporting loads across the country. Here’s a whistle-stop tour of all of the key A-related air freight topics and definitions…

Air cargo or Air freight
Goods which are transported via aeroplane. This type of cargo tends to be glamourised and most recognised. Despite it’s reliability and efficiency, this mode of transportation is usually the most expensive.

Air Charter

Air charter is the business of renting an entire aircraft (i.e. chartering), as opposed to individual aircraft seats (i.e. purchasing a ticket through a traditional airline).

Airlines
Companies who own and manage fleets of airplanes, for either domestic or commercial. An example of a freight airline is FedEx.

Airports

A port for aeroplanes to take off and land. This may be commercial or chartered.

Air Waybills (AWB)

The Air Waybill (AWB) is the most important document issued by a carrier, either directly or through its authorised agent. It is a non-negotiable transport document, and it covers transport of cargo from airport to airport. By accepting a shipment, an IATA cargo agent is acting on behalf of the carrier whose air waybill is issued.

Allotment

A term used by freight forwarders, which describes an airline-blocked space.

ATA

Acronym for Actual Time of Arrival or Airport-To-Airport.

ATR1 

A customs document issued when importing between the EU and Turkey, which usually forms cheaper rates of duty for the goods being transported.

 

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