Definition of airfreight in English:



  • 1[mass noun] The carriage of goods by aircraft.

    [as modifier] ‘the airfreight business’
    [as adverb] ‘the exhibit was flown airfreight’
    • ‘I probably need to send it airfreight, and am looking for companies that operate out of Perth.’
    • ‘At the moment, they will deliver the machine to Southampton and we will send it on to you: I assume that you would wish us to send it airfreight.’
    • ‘If your shipment is urgent we can ship it airfreight, which will typically allow your order to reach an airport near you in about a week.’
    • ‘In his email, Murzello laments that ‘we cannot send them (the men, that is) airfreight, which would assure a quick, guaranteed delivery!’’
    • ‘To a company planning to ship airfreight on a daily basis, it is.’
    1. 1.1Goods in transit, or to be carried, by aircraft.
      • ‘Air freight that has been lost, delayed, or damaged, must first be reported by the shipper or consignee (receiver) to the local cargo office before completing a claim form.’
      • ‘The report also shows that despite common perception, it is cheaper to move airfreight via Hong Kong from the factory in Guangdong to many overseas markets than it is to use airports such as Guangzhou.’
      • ‘What was originally thought would be a benefit was now another headache; reduced passenger capacity, and less ability to carry mail or airfreight made the aircraft too expensive for Allegheny’s needs.’
      • ‘The service tax on airfreight will adversely hit the air cargo export industry.’
      • ‘Heegers said the existing airport here was a regulated passenger airport while airfreight from the Eastern Cape was moved by truck to Johannesburg.’
      • ‘The company, which is the largest carrier of airfreight for other airlines, lost its way early last year.’
      • ‘A new system introduced by the city government has cut the average time spent on customs clearance and cargo handling for airfreight at Shanghai's Waigaoqiao Free Trade Zone by half, to six hours.’
      • ‘I read that for a time in the 1920s more airfreight was lifted annually out of Papua New Guinea than in all the rest of the world put together.’
      • ‘He worked his way through college flying overnight airfreight in Douglas DC.’
      • ‘When you think of the disruption at the Canadian and Mexican borders, not being able to get airfreight into the country, what these guys did was just incredible.’
      • ‘Book a shipment or submit a claim for airfreight loss or damage.’
      • ‘It moved 594,600 metric tons of airfreight and had 184,300 flights.’


  • Carry or send (goods) by aircraft.

    ‘airfreighting them out would be much more reliable, though costlier’
    • ‘The vessels involved are landing fresh swordfish and tuna of very high quality, which are mostly airfreighted to the United States, Japan and Europe.’
    • ‘We had 300 plants that we airfreighted from Perth, including a 7 metre Baobab tree which was quite a challenge in an air container.’
    • ‘Asked about his health, he said that he had his medication for diabetes and that his wife would airfreight more to India should he need it.’
    • ‘The fish were airfreighted to the University of Edinburgh and housed in 90-cm-long aquaria.’
    • ‘Manufacturing switches from the general to high-value technologically advanced products, many of which are airfreighted overseas.’
    • ‘Live coral reef fish, from the Great Barrier Reef and Pacific Island nations, are airfreighted to Asia for restaurants, where they fetch large prices as status symbols.’
    • ‘Money launderers set up a British Virgin Islands corporation, open a bank account in Curacao, airfreight the money to Aruba, have it wire transferred.’
    • ‘That would change the balance between UK-produced items and foreign product airfreighted into our market.’
    • ‘Deciding to take a gamble, he packed up and airfreighted much of his stock to New York City, bought a round-trip ticket (as required for a six-month business visitor's visa), and set out to make his fortune.’
    • ‘Then they are airfreighted to Broughton and by barge to Toulouse in France.’
    • ‘Tight production schedules meant that both cars were airfreighted to the US this week.’
    • ‘There must also be a demand created for travel resulting from foreign investment in the area, investment which creates businesses that require easy access and a facility to airfreight suitable product.’
    • ‘He points out that millions of pounds are being spent on airfreighting out resources that could be sourced from Singapore, China, India, Thailand and Malaysia.’
    • ‘The aid agency airfreighted the books, which I then handed over to concerned teachers in two schools where home economics featured on the curriculum.’
    • ‘Shipments reached a high point on December 13 when 1,115 cartons of fruit were airfreighted to New Zealand.’
    • ‘The next step may be an airfreighting network, instead of relying on the cargoholds of planes carrying tourists to determine where our exports can go.’