Global supply chain disruption, along with a new cargo strategy, has Delta Air Lines eyeing continued revenue and profit growth from cargo. “Delta Cargo is going through a transformation,” said spokeswoman Debbie Sheehan.
“In the short term, the team is very focused on supporting our customers across the globe while the supply chain industry is in such a supply/demand imbalance,” Sheehan said. Some shippers are “flying products that they wouldn’t under regular circumstances as it is the only way they can move them on time,” she said.
Mining equipment and chemicals are among the products, normally moved by ship, that now fly in Delta cargo. They join more typical freight such as high-end electronics, e-commerce, fresh flowers, produce, global mail, heavy machinery, and pharmaceutical supplies. In particular, during the pandemic, vaccine shipments have become a common element of air cargo.
Delta foresees continued yield strength in the current quarter due to “constraints in global air cargo capacity during the peak holiday shipping period.”
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