How Integrators Changed the Air Cargo Industry
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How Integrators Changed the Air Cargo Industry

DALLAS — Getting a package or letter can be exciting or just mundane, but that package or letter could have had an extraordinary journey to reach its final destination. Perhaps it crossed an ocean or a country; maybe it only crossed a city.

Whatever the case, cargo integrators such as FedEx, UPS, Purolator, and yes, even Amazon Prime, play a very important role in global logistics as a whole.

DHL Express Boeing 757PCF. Photo: Alberto Cucini/Airways

What Is an Integrator?

Integrators are a type of logistical company that takes full custody of a package or delivery from pickup to drop-off. Integrators have their own fleet of trucks, planes, and sorting centers, ensuring they maintain complete control from start to finish.

The most well-known integrators worldwide are the likes of FedEx, UPS, and DHL, all of which have large fleets. Aircraft and truck types can differ; however, the core values of an integrator stay the same. All integrators share the following elements:

  • Door-to-door transport
  • Fast and reliable transport
  • Guaranteed delivery times
  • Tracking systems

Since the start of the decade, the popularity of online shopping with delivery right to your door has skyrocketed. All this ultimately made integrators one of the most popular means of shipping. Shipping has gotten to a point where we can determine exactly when a package will arrive and where it is, which is all thanks to integrators.

N801FX, FedEx Feeder ATR-72 @KPDX. Photo: Michael Rodeback/Airways

Regular Air Cargo vs Integrators

Airlines around the world have cargo brands. Airlines such as Lufthansa, Korean Air, and Qatar Airways all have all-cargo aircraft. However, aircraft such as these are only useful from airport to airport. More often than not, any cargo from these airlines is put on a truck to be taken to its final destination. It is this transfer where integrators truly shine.

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Featured Image: FedEx 757. Photo: Liam Funnell/Airways

Joshua is an aviation student majoring in airline and airport management. A student pilot who loves being in the air, Joshua has hands-on experience working with airport authorities and fixed-base operators. He also enjoys traveling to new airports and trying out new airlines. Based in Canada.

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