Definition of airfreight in US English:



  • 1The transportation of goods by aircraft.

    as modifier ‘the airfreight business’
    as adverb ‘the exhibit was flown airfreight’
    • ‘Only products with very high packing density and high value per unit (for example, printed circuit boards) can support the costs associated with airfreight.’
    • ‘In this case, perhaps, your action plan will be to ensure that all clinical sites are located within two hours by car from an airfreight hub.’
    • ‘Eventually Rebecca and Greg got the kit boxed and sent by airfreight to Addis, the capital of Ethiopia, to coincide with a trip to his home town by Samuel.’
    • ‘Arrange the flowers which were picked yesterday for airfreight from East Africa.’
    • ‘Undeterred, Johnson had his Kawasaki shipped from Los Angeles to Old Bridge Township Raceway Park via airfreight and used the oversized shipping crate as his pit area for the weekend.’
    • ‘The book also deals with the huge market of airfreight operations.’
    • ‘The car is expected to arrive in Australia by airfreight in the next fortnight.’
    • ‘When the Chinese suppliers struggled to meet production schedules, the manufacturer was forced to use expensive airfreight.’
    • ‘Miami tells him it sold half of the crop at $1.25 a pound, a price that includes 50 cents for airfreight.’
    • ‘The illegal generic drugs are then shipped from India to the United States and delivered by an airfreight forwarding company based in the United States.’
    • ‘He was more optimistic about the outlook for airfreight.’
    • ‘Air China is luring investors to the sale citing an expected increase in demand for air travel and airfreight, boosted by China's average 9 percent annual economic growth during the past decade.’
    • ‘You've got airfreight, which can be very pricey.’
    • ‘It won't spell a universal end to international trade in physical goods - bulk non-perishables will be relatively unaffected - but the rising cost of airfreight may make the shipment of some types of good simply uneconomic.’
    • ‘In his email, Murzello laments that ‘we cannot send them (the men, that is) airfreight, which would assure a quick, guaranteed delivery!’’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘It was determined that airfreight would minimise the risk of further damage to the airframe and return the aircraft in a controlled environment.’
    • ‘To a company planning to ship airfreight on a daily basis, it is.’
    • ‘I probably need to send it airfreight, and am looking for companies that operate out of Perth.’
    • ‘It will also feed through to a range of other related industries like precision engineering, airfreight and wholesale trade.’
    • ‘Aside from that, they also provide emergency back up for vehicle-off-road demands through airfreight.’
    • ‘However, global airfreight tonnage is projected to grow by only 2 percent.’
    • ‘The seminar concluded with a presentation by Jim Egan of Jenkinson Airfreight on the growing importance of airfreight in the seafood business.’
    1. 1.1 Goods 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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘It moved 594,600 metric tons of airfreight and had 184,300 flights.’
      • ‘The service tax on airfreight will adversely hit the air cargo export industry.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Heegers said the existing airport here was a regulated passenger airport while airfreight from the Eastern Cape was moved by truck to Johannesburg.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘He worked his way through college flying overnight airfreight in Douglas DC.’
      • ‘The company, which is the largest carrier of airfreight for other airlines, lost its way early last year.’


[with object]
  • Carry or send (goods) by aircraft.

    ‘airfreighting them out would be much more reliable, though costlier’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Then they are airfreighted to Broughton and by barge to Toulouse in France.’
    • ‘The fish were airfreighted to the University of Edinburgh and housed in 90-cm-long aquaria.’
    • ‘The vessels involved are landing fresh swordfish and tuna of very high quality, which are mostly airfreighted to the United States, Japan and Europe.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘That would change the balance between UK-produced items and foreign product airfreighted into our market.’
    • ‘We had 300 plants that we airfreighted from Perth, including a 7 metre Baobab tree which was quite a challenge in an air container.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Money launderers set up a British Virgin Islands corporation, open a bank account in Curacao, airfreight the money to Aruba, have it wire transferred.’
    • ‘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.’