air·​freight | \ ˈer-ˈfrāt How to pronounce airfreight (audio) \

Definition of airfreight

: freight transport by air in volume also : the charge for this service

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airfreight transitive verb

Examples of airfreight in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web As airfreight capacity has fallen, demand has grown as the United States brings in medical supplies from overseas to battle the virus and consumers shift their shopping online to avoid stores. Ian Duncan, Washington Post, "Cargo pilots increasingly falling ill with coronavirus, unions say, even as they prepare to help distribute vaccine," 20 Nov. 2020 The company has moved quickly into airfreight, too. Jay Greene, Washington Post, "Amazon’s big holiday shopping advantage: An in-house shipping network swollen by pandemic-fueled growth," 27 Nov. 2020 The pandemic has been a bonanza for cargo airlines as passenger carriers have cut schedules, grounding planes that normally carry about half county’s airfreight. Washington Post, "Live updates: More than 85,700 coronavirus patients hospitalized nationwide, shattering records (again)," 24 Nov. 2020 Once vaccines are ready to move, the doses will head into airfreight networks that have been roiled during the pandemic by the grounding of thousands of passenger flights, which has removed large amounts of capacity usually available in cargo holds. Elaine Chen, WSJ, "From ‘Freezer Farms’ to Jets, Logistics Operators Prepare for a Covid-19 Vaccine," 28 Aug. 2020 Cargo rates jumped after thousands of passenger planes, which carry more than half of airfreight, were grounded due to the travel restrictions. Fortune, "Airlines are trying to develop an alternative to the 14-day quarantine," 19 Oct. 2020 And only 54% of airfreight providers currently have some of the necessary equipment for handling vaccines, according to the survey, which was conducted by the International Air Cargo Association and Pharma. Ed Silverman, STAT, "Vast majority of air cargo companies are unprepared to transport Covid-19 vaccines," 15 Oct. 2020 One move to accommodate demand involved using airfreight rather than cargo ships to speed up shipping from QBP’s suppliers. Bob Timmons, Star Tribune, "As bike sales and repairs climb, so does the backlog," 3 Sep. 2020 The transport sector mainly comprises companies in the railroad, trucking, airfreight, marine and logistics businesses. Gerrard Cowan, WSJ, "Transport ETFs Look to Recover," 8 Aug. 2020

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First Known Use of airfreight

1918, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of airfreight was in 1918

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23 Dec 2020

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“Airfreight.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 26 Jan. 2021.

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