6 Facts About Cargo Aircraft


A cargo aircraft is a fixed-wing aircraft that is designed or converted for the carriage of cargo rather than passengers.

A fixed-wing aircraft is an aircraft, such as an aeroplane, which is capable of flight using wings that generate lift caused by the vehicle's forward airspeed and the shape of the wings.

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Such aircraft usually do not incorporate passenger amenities and generally feature one or more large doors for loading cargo.

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Freighters may be operated by civil passenger or cargo airlines, by private individuals or by the armed forces of individual countries.

The armed forces of a country are its government-sponsored defense, fighting forces, and organizations.

Cargo airlines are airlines mainly dedicated to the transport of cargo by air.


Aircraft designed for cargo flight usually have features that distinguish them from conventional passenger aircraft: a wide/tall fuselage cross-section, a high-wing to allow the cargo area to sit near the ground, a large number of wheels to allow it to land at unprepared locations, and a high-mounted tail to allow cargo to be driven directly into and off the aircraft.

A monoplane is a fixed-wing aircraft with a single main wing plane, in contrast to a biplane or other multiplane, each of which has multiple planes.

An airliner is a type of aircraft for transporting passengers and air cargo.


Cargo aircraft represent a small proportion of the overall air freight market.


The majority is carried in special ULD containers in the cargo holds of normal passenger aircraft.

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