A cargo aircraft can be called many names:  cargo airplane, freight aircraft, freighter, airlifter or cargo jet. It is a fixed-wing aircraft designed to carry air cargo and a lot of it.  

We have the capability to transport up to 100 tons of cargo. With the impressive new aircraft called the B747-100SRF, ABI works in cooperation with VertirAir to offer competitive pricing on big cargo flights. We follow EASA standards for its maintenance and recognize its ability to provide the services our clients need in the cargo market.

More about Cargo Planes

In general, cargo planes continue to play important role in the shipping industry.  Cargo aircraft feature one or more large doors to load cargo. They usually don’t feature passenger amenities. Aircraft designed for cargo flight usually have features that set them apart from conventional passenger aircraft. They feature a wide, tall fuselage cross-section. Some planes can even open up its nose for the loading of large or irregularly shaped cargo. There is also a high-wing to allow the cargo area to sit near the ground.  A large number of wheels allow the plane to land at various locations.  Also, a high-mounted tail enables all types of cargo to be driven into and off of the cargo aircraft.

Big companies like FedEX own many types of these large aircraft that can hold on average about 26,000 cubic feet (736 m3) of cargo.  How big is that? It can hold as much cargo as 5 semi-trucks.  According to its specifications, the 747-400 can hold 30 pallets of goods on its main level. The pallets are 96 by 125 inches (2.4 m by 3.2 m) and up to 120-inches (3.05-m) tall.

Cargo planes can be used to ship all kinds of interesting cargo, including animals. For shipping horses, for example, there are special containers called air stables. These special stables connect to pallets and fit in the cargo hold.

Freighters may be operated by civil passenger or cargo airlines. Cargo planes can also be operated by private individuals and by any country’s military.

 

Cargo B747 specifications