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Who We Serve: Oil & Gas/Petroleum Industry

Who We Serve - Oil and Gas Industry

The oil and gas industry is one of the largest sectors in the world.

Oil is vital for global economic growth and expansion, impacting everything from transportation to heating and electricity, industrial production, and manufacturing. Typically, the petroleum supply chain is divided into three segmentsupstream, midstream, and downstreameach with its own challenges and requirements for exploration, transport, and distribution.

Oil and Gas Shipping

We depend on fuels and petroleum-based products.

These products include:

  • Jet fuel, vehicle fuel, heating oil, diesel oil, natural gas, and fuel for electrical power generation
  • Asphalt, plastics and various synthetic materials, petrochemicals for fertilizer and antifreeze, pharmaceuticals, CDs and DVDs, cosmetics, and even petroleum clothing fibers such as polyester

Industry Statistics


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Oil Industry Systems

Producing crude oil and its derivative products comes with significant challenges.

Maximizing production efficiency and reducing the costs of extraction and refining helps offset the costs of exploration. Equipment components used in the oil and gas industry must be carefully engineered to reflect extremely demanding operating conditions for both efficient operations and safety. From these criteria alone, you can begin to see the logistical difficulties in maintaining a stable supply chain and why having the right third party logistics provider (3PL) can be the difference between success or failure.

Oil and Gas Production

These setbacks impact the entire oil and gas production process.

The oil and gas industry experiences regular supply shortages and delays. Lead times for certain drilling equipment can be so far out that companies resort to cannibalizing parts from idled rigs to keep operating ones running. Losses compound exponentially with the delay or loss of oil capacity or the idling of plants for scheduled or unscheduled maintenance. An experienced 3PL provider like AirFreight.com, one that understands the oil and gas sector, can minimize your downtime with creative freight solutions. 

Oil and Gas Equipment

Under Pressure: Special Equipment Requirements

One of the biggest equipment challenges is dealing with corrosion. Due to the extreme environments materials are exposed to within oil and gas extraction and refinement, corrosion is inevitable. Not only are external conditions corrosivesuch as exposure to sea water or high operating temperaturesbut the product being carried or processed also contains corrosive elements. These all contribute to metal degradation over time, leading to a decline in a material’s strength. If left untreated, corrosion can cause huge problems, including equipment failure, which means a costly halt to production. If this happens, you need a 3PL provider that can get parts to anywhere in North America when you need them.

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Challenging Conditions

These are just a few of the challenging conditions equipment in the oil and gas industry face every day.

High Temperatures

High Temperatures

Components must operate during prolonged exposure to temperatures ranging up to 500 degrees Fahrenheit without failure.

High Pressure

High Pressure

Components need to maintain performance in extremely high-pressure operating conditions.

Caustic Chemicals

Caustic Chemicals

Components must resist chronic exposure from cleaning agents without compromising performance.

Abrasive Environments

Abrasive Environments

Components need to stand up to prolonged exposure to abrasion without compromising performance or lifespan.



Parts absolutely cannot afford to fail, because premature or unplanned failure comes with financial risk and real danger. Additionally, many of these components are deep inside complex machinery that is not easy to reach for routine maintenance.

Don’t let these conditions cause your oil pumps or pipelines to sit idle, waiting for equipment or parts. When you work with AirFreight.com, you immediately get access to a fleet of right-sized, properly equipped and staffed aircraft and vehicles ready to haul your toughest equipment when and where you need it.

Helping You Keep Oil Flowing

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 partner 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 oil 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 to small and large straight trucks, including 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 top-flight 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 upfront 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.

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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 anytime.

Dedicated Agent

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 oil and gas sector trust AirFreight.com to meet urgent shipping deadlines.

Oil and Gas Shipping Services

We develop plans that guarantee speedy shipping services.

Delivering your freight with little or no notice is what we do every day, regardless of size or urgency. There is no limitation on a shipment’s size, weight or dimensionsincluding 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.

Oil and Gas Logistics

Choosing the right logistics partner is key.

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

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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Because 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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The consequences from lost power production are serious for any business. Equipment failure is one of the biggest causes of energy production downtime. Losses compound exponentially with delay, loss of energy capacity, or the idling of plants for scheduled or unscheduled maintenance. Whether it's a hydroelectric power station or solar farm, you need a 3PL provider who can move your parts and equipment safely and securely while meeting your most stringent deadlines.

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Farming & Food

Food processors can lose a significant percentage—up to 20% 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 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 make a difference throughout the entire manufacturing supply chain.
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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 includes sensitive electronics and glass that are easily subject to damage. Constructing one solar panel requires nearly 40 different components, including precious metals, that need to get to the factory on time. With requirements like this, it's critical to work with the right 3PL provider that can flex with your needs when situations and requirements change.
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During downtime, retailers experience lost sales with 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 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% 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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