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Running Head: HISTORY OF THE AIR CARGO INDUSTRY1HISTORY OF THE AIR CARGO INDUSTRYMichael SeraajBSAB 410 Management of Air Cargo Embry Riddle Aeronautical University17 January 2015
HISTORY OF THE AIR CARGO INDUSTRY 2History of the Air Cargo IndustryAir cargo is described as anything apart from people and their personal baggage travelling by air. In comparison to other forms of freight transportation such as surface vehicles, rail and ship among others, air cargo is relatively a novel addition to the freight sector. This modeof transportation commenced just after WWI and it has developed to become an indispensable component of the global economy with a significant niche in the lightweight transport and high-value products. Air cargo utilizes the infrastructure constructed by public agencies for air passenger travel, such as air-traffic control systems and airports. Air cargo services, links almost every part of the world. The first air cargo transported by an aircraft happened in November of 1910, when bolts of silk were moved by air from Dayton to Columbus, Ohio. In 1911, experimentation with the movement of troops were attempted and by the commencement of WWI in 1914, there were regular air cargo services throughout the U.S (Popescu, Keskinocak and Mutawaly, 2010).