How Airline Freight Works

By: Karim Nice  | 
Air-freight planes move anything that can be bought or sold. See how goods are shipped worldwide.
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You can ship just about anything by air. Letters, packages, cars, horses, construction equipment and even other airplanes can be shipped air freight. The planes that carry all of this stuff range from normal commercial airlineres to some amazing flying mutants!

Air freight consists of three main categories:


  • Freight that rides on passenger airlines
  • Freight that rides on dedicated cargo planes
  • Huge payloads that ride in super cargo planes