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Who We Serve – Energy

Who We Serve - Energy

It can certainly be argued that the energy sector is the most important domestic and global industry.

Of course without power, everything stops. The production of electricity, either through fossil fuels or hydroelectric plants, wind, and solar, enables our modern technology, conveniences, and the business world to function. So then it follows that the supply chain supporting this critical sector is also just as important. As evidenced when power production capacity goes offline, either in the dead of winter or heat of summer, keeping this infrastructure up and running can be a matter of life and death for those who depend on it. Long lead times for parts have curtailed or completely stopped operations at petrochemical plants in various states, with the effects rippling out and impacting every facet of business, commercial, and private life. Shipping delays and parts shortages have caused warehouse managers to increase available stock by doubling or tripling their inventories. This has placed additional strain on the manufacturing sector as they work to meet demand building the key components that keeps power flowing.

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Billion annual cost to the U.S. economy due to power outages


Hours of average power outage in the U.S.


Cost incurred by electric utilities for one hour of downtime

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Energy Industry Shipping

Consider for a moment just one of the logistical challenges facing one component of the energy sector: the wind industry.

A wind turbine blade is hundreds of feet in length, and once fully constructed, cannot be bent or folded. This limits both the route a truck can take and the radius of any turn it has to make during transport. Additionally, the movement of tower components is often obstructed when the diameter of those components is unable to fit under highway overpasses or bridges. Moving oversized parts like this requires both expertise and equipment that many third-party logistics (3PL) companies simply cannot provide. If you are faced with this or similar scenarios, whether it is a hydroelectric power station or solar farm, you need a 3PL who can move your parts and equipment safely and securely, while meeting your most stringent deadlines. Your 3PL partner for the energy sector is absolutely AirFreight.com.

Energy Industry Transportation

Experience is power

The majority of shipping accidents that occur when transporting components for wind energy or hydrodynamic power is the result of human error. Choosing to work with AirFreight.com immediately helps you put safety and compliance first and finds ways to safely transport delicate and oversized components. Due to their fragile nature, solar panels can be difficult and expensive to ship. There is not a standardized method for handling solar panels because there are many manufacturers in the renewable energy industry. They each create all types of panels with sensitive electronics and glass that need to be handled differently. You need a team that knows your industry, has an extensive carrier network that will safely deliver your freight, and pays attention to the critical details of your shipment.

Challenges to Energy Production

Challenges to energy production

The consequences from lost power production due to plant downtime are serious and significant to any business. Equipment failure is one of the biggest causes of energy production downtime. Losses compound exponentially with the delay or loss of energy capacity or the idling of plants for scheduled or unscheduled maintenance. Yet there are several other serious challenges to energy production, all of which can be mitigated or avoided with the right 3PL provider partner like AirFreight.com. Let’s talk about why equipment matters.

Special Equipment Requirements

Special equipment requirements

Wind turbines can be as tall as an 85-story building with a blade radius of an acre. Transporting just one wind turbine can take up to nine separate shipments. The tower must be moved in three sections on a double or single Schnabel trailer specially designed for wind towers. Each blade is transported individually on a trailer designed only for blades. The machine head is moved with a specific type of 13-axle trailer. Then the rest of the components are moved on flatbed trucks. With requirements like this, working with the right 3PL provider like AirFreight.com who can flex with your needs when situations and requirements change is absolutely critical.

Oil rig drill bits, casing and drill pipes are heavy and must be handled with care. Solar equipment has sensitive electronics and glass easily subject to damage. Just to make one solar panel requires nearly 40 different components, including precious metals, that need to get to the factory on time. These projects are built on tight timelines and budgets, and energy companies risk millions in unexpected costs and possibly fines if there are delays anywhere in the production process.

Moving oversized parts requires both special expertise and equipment. Don’t let your wind turbines, oil pumps, solar farm or hydroelectric facilities sit idle waiting for a flatbed truck to become available. When you work with AirFreight.com, you immediately get access to a fleet of right-sized, properly equipped and staffed aircraft and vehicles ready and able to haul your toughest equipment when and where you need it.

Helping you keep the lights on

By having the right plans, parts, people and logistics partner like AirFreight.com, you can effectively mitigate plant or pump downtime, unscheduled disruptions and equipment failures. Here’s how we do it.

Air Charter

Air Charter

Private flights on a AirFreight.com air charter provide the exclusivity and speed you need to hit those critical deadlines. Air charters offer complete shipment flexibility from departure time to final destination. Air charters are one of the fastest shipping options available and include in-flight tracking, so you’ll always know the status of your parts shipment. We have access to some of the largest cargo aircraft in North America – including helicopters, so if it fits, it flies.

Scheduled Flights

Scheduled Flights

This involves reserving space on a scheduled flight that carries cargo for multiple customers or booking it on the next flight out. For long-term shipping plans, scheduling same-day air services ensures regular access to critical freight capacity from any starting point. Scheduled flights are economical, predictable, and use both commercial passenger and freighter aircraft from major airlines at most airports across the country. If your shipping timeline is too compressed or unpredictable to wait for scheduled or next flight out air service, you still have options.

Ground Expedite

Ground Expedite

Before your energy production system gets back online, the parts have to travel by ground – at least part of the way. Ground expedite service from AirFreight.com includes everything from Sprinter vans, small and large straight trucks, up to 53-foot tractor trailer delivery teams or other specialized equipment. We’ll pick up your shipment, deliver it to the airport, then receive it at the other end – providing hand-carried service as necessary or required.

Enjoy concierge level service

With AirFreight.com, you can always expect the same topflight service from start to finish. 

Free Freight Quotes

Always free freight quotes

AirFreight.com offers efficient and effective solutions across a wide range of service options. No prior account is needed to get started. Just call us at (800) 713-1000 or enter your order online. All costs are listed without any hidden fees, so you know up front how much you will pay.

Customized solutions

Customized solutions

We do all the logistical legwork to find the best solution for your specific situation. It might mean an exclusive air charter, or perhaps expedited ground shipping that still gets your critical parts to its destination on time.

Real-time tracking

Real-time tracking

Lost or delayed parts can cripple a repair schedule, driving up costs. AirFreight.com uses the latest tracking technology to always know where your shipment is, and our team is happy to give you updates whenever you need them. We are proactively engaged with your shipment, monitoring air traffic, inclement weather, connecting flight cancellations, road construction and congested streets.

Constant contact

Constant contact

Want status on your parts? Our team is always available to answer your questions, provide an update on your shipment’s location, and take new instructions 24/7/365. Call us any time.

Experienced expeditors

Experienced expeditors

With AirFreight.com, you’ll work with the same expeditor from start to finish, ensuring consistent communication, eliminating misunderstandings, and improving the quality of your entire shipping experience. That’s why some of the largest names in the energy sector trust AirFreight.com to meet their urgent shipping deadlines.

We develop plans that guarantee shipping services are supported by time-effective options whether the final destination is a major air hub, a regional airport, or even a remote airstrip.

Logistics Partner

The right logistics partner

Delivering your freight with little or no notice is what we do every day, regardless of size or urgency. It's why we count companies from the energy, automotive, and construction sectors among our frequent customers. AirFreight.com also offers trucking services for large cargo that defies conventional packaging and traditional delivery vehicles. There is no limitation on a shipment’s size, weight or dimensions – including mega-sized equipment, non-standard dimension machinery, over-sized and awkward, delicate and fragile, palletized or pressurized. We dispatch the exact type of carrier you need with a driver thoroughly trained in its safe operation.

Choosing the right logistics partner is a critical business decision. With AirFreight.com, experience the peace of mind and confidence that comes from an expert delivery plan, and working with a dedicated expeditor from start to finish. For more information, contact us today at (800) 713-1000 and let us help you get back online!

Industries We Serve

Aviation & Aerospace

Every moment a commercial airliner sits on the ground, it costs an airline money. Expedited freight services by AirFreight.com can get you back in the air with the prompt delivery of parts and equipment throughout North America.
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Since one shipping delay can snowball and cause delays throughout your entire project, you need an experienced 3PL provider who understands the construction industry and has the logistical reach to deliver your freight on time, anywhere. That 3PL partner is AirFreight.com.
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Farming & Food

Food processors can lose a significant percentage—up to 20 percent or more—of production capacity due to unplanned downtime. With processing plants running 16-20 hours a day, the hourly cost of a shutdown can reach up to $30,000 per hour. Get back online with the parts you need expedited by AirFreight.com.
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Every moment a manufacturing facility or factory sits idle costs a company money due to the high costs involved in lost sales and lost customers. With many manufacturers building to only a just-in-time production rates, any disruption threatens parts and vehicle inventories. This is where the speed, expertise, and experience of freight services from AirFreight.com can make a difference throughout the entire manufacturing supply chain.
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Oil & Gas

The oil and gas industry faces challenging conditions in offshore and onshore oil rigs, often in remote locations with limited infrastructure. Don’t let oil pumps or pipelines sit idle waiting for equipment. By having the right plans, parts, people, and a logistics partner such as AirFreight.com, you can effectively mitigate plant or pump downtime, unscheduled disruptions, and equipment failures.
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Renewables & Environment

Wind turbines can be as tall as an 85-story building with a blade radius of an acre. Transporting just one wind turbine can take up to nine separate shipments. Solar equipment has sensitive electronics and glass that are easily subject to damage. Just to make one solar panel requires nearly 40 different components, including precious metals, that need to get to the factory on time. With requirements like this, working with the right 3PL provider, such as AirFreight.com, who can flex with your needs when situations and requirements change is absolutely critical.
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During downtime, retailers experience lost sales, the inability to process credit cards, access customer purchasing history, or locate items in stock at a distribution center or another retail location. Don’t let unexpected downtime due to point-of-sale equipment failures impact your brand or frustrate your customers. If you can’t serve your customers, your competition will!
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Unexpected IT downtime can bring down even the largest businesses—just ask the airlines when their reservation systems go offline. The importance of e-commerce, online sales, and the computing infrastructure that supports it makes getting systems and servers up and running even more critical. With 98 percent of organizations reporting that a single hour of downtime costs over $100,000, you can’t afford a slow logistics partner.
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With today’s broken supply chains, even companies that specialize in logistics find themselves needing help. We provide an expansive network of expedited air and ground shipping options to make the trip in the air, to and from the airport, or complete the entire delivery on the ground. Through these resources and our centralized planning operations, we help 3PL providers overcome all the challenges of their industry.
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