Considering ACMI Services
Some frequently asked questions to help you decide
What is the minimum term length of an ACMI program?
Every market and customer has unique service requirements. Southern Air is able to offer diverse and customized programs that fit most of our client’s situations. We are able to meet individual single flights for AOG sub service, charter flights, and seasonal requirements as well as long term multiple year programs. Typically, a long term lease is 2-4 years. Each program and route network is unique and has its own set of variable inputs that ultimately will determine the cost of operation. We encourage you to contact our air cargo sales team who can help you analyze and identify the optimal choice of aircraft and program to meet your objectives.
Do we need to have an Air Operators Certificate for ACMI Wet Lease operations?
An AOC is not required for establishing cargo operations with Southern Air. Southern Air is a USA registered and fully licensed FAA part 121 supplementary air carrier. Bilateral treaties allow Southern to conduct charter and scheduled flights across a large global footprint. We are able to provide Block Space Agreements (BSA) and use of our traffic rights allowed under bilateral authorization. SAI has scheduled route authority in many regions through-out the globe.
How quickly can an ACMI wet lease service be implemented?
A single flight can be arranged in hours while a structured long term program may take a few weeks to properly implement a smooth set up. Please contact our cargo experts today to find out more about a successful start up.
What is the Minimum Monthly Block Hour Guarantee:
Depending on market dynamics we are able to offer a wide arrangement of hourly utilization. The highest density in flying justifies the most efficient application of Wet Lease Services and lowest operating cost aircraft. Typically more than 425 monthly minimum hours for the Boeing 777F, while the Boeing 747-200F has lower rental cost for utilizations between 250-350 monthly minimum hours. Each program and route network is unique and has its own set of variable inputs that ultimately will determine the cost of operation. We encourage you to contact our air cargo sales team who can help you analyze and identify the optimal choice of aircraft and program to meet your objectives.
What are the benefits of ACMI wet lease vs. purchasing and operating own aircraft?
- Reduced capital expenditure of aircraft ownership
- Burden of maintenance program
- Establishing (and utilizing) an Air Operators Certificate
- Financial flexibility
- Reduced commitment term
- Operational flexibility, while deciding all scheduling and operational priorities
- Dedicated aircraft, crew, and support personnel
- Access to next generation cargo aircraft
- Rapid start of operation
To learn more about how Southern Air can create financial and operational flexibility for your enterprise, please contact our seasoned air cargo experts