air·​freight ˈer-ˈfrāt How to pronounce airfreight (audio)
: freight transport by air in volume
also : the charge for this service
airfreight transitive verb

Examples of airfreight in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web With the clock ticking down to practices and qualifying, DHL diverted three planes and urgently sent employees to Singapore to unpack the sea freight containers and hustle the cargo into airfreight ones. Patricia Mazzei, New York Times, 5 May 2023 Historically, about 50% of air cargo is carried in the bellies of passenger aircraft, so experts say major airports will always be the main channels for airfreight. Paul Berger, WSJ, 24 Jan. 2023 The boom in airfreight helped drive record orders and deliveries for freighters last year. Benjamin Katz, WSJ, 11 Jan. 2022 Dell said with customers no longer clamoring for new equipment, the company can use sea freight rather than relying on faster but more expensive airfreight, lowering costs. Denny Jacob, WSJ, 22 Nov. 2022 The men, who are from the Congo, are accused of working with a middleman to smuggle three packages containing 49 pounds of elephant ivory into the US by airfreight last year and a fourth shipment in May that contained about five pounds of rhinoceros horn, the statement said. David Williams, CNN, 10 Nov. 2021 Those added to the Entity List included subsidiaries of Chinese genetics company BGI, cloud-computing company Inspur Group, airfreight company AIF Global Logistics Co. and several electronics firms. Ian Talley, WSJ, 3 Mar. 2023 The purchases come as CMA CGM spends billions on acquiring logistics operations as well as on launching an airfreight service. Paul Berger, WSJ, 14 Dec. 2022 The company plans to achieve this partly by relying less on airfreight and shipping more products by sea, truck or rail. Nina Trentmann, WSJ, 8 Dec. 2022 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1918, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of airfreight was in 1918

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“Airfreight.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 23 Feb. 2024.

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