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How Much Does It Cost To Ship A Car Via Airline?

Published by Joe Webster.

How Much Does It Cost To Ship A Car Via Airline?

Cost of Shipping a Car by Plane

Shipping a car by plane, also referred to as air freight in the transport industry, is the most expensive method of transporting a car, regardless of where it’s going and how far the distance is. So you may ask yourself, “Why would someone do it then?”

It's a reasonable enquiry, and the typical response is that the vehicle being shipped is extremely valuable, uncommon, or exotic and hence requires special handling to prevent damage. Throughout the course of our more than two decades in the auto transport industry, we've seen a number of customers who prefer to ship via aircraft; typically, these customers are transporting a vehicle with significant sentimental or financial value. Most cars on the road can't be shipped via airline since doing so would cost more than the car is worth.

As with any type of vehicle shipment, the cost is largely contingent on the transport distance involved. Air freight is exponentially more expensive than other methods so the cost goes up accordingly because of the weight and size of a car —typical air freight prices are in the neighborhood of thousands of dollars. To put that into perspective, you could have a car shipped across the U.S. by truck for around $2,000, while that wouldn’t be enough to cover air freight across the state in many parts of the country. However, air transportation is the fastest shipping process.

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The Advantages Of Shipping A Car With Air Freight

Now that we’ve sufficiently covered the high cost of air freight shipping and put it context of standard transport costs, let’s look at why people do ship cars via airplane.

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As mentioned in the first section, factors that may influence people shipping cars on a Cargo plane can be because the car may be rare, antique, exotic, high-end, custom, or even one-of-a-kind. That said, it’s not uncommon to see these types of vehicles in an enclosed carrier on a transport truck either, especially when there is insurance coverage, however, it's rare to have classic car shipped in open air to avoid exposure to the risk of the elements, weather, road debris, and prying eyes during the journey.

The speed and convenience of shipping cars by flights is unparalleled. It is the absolute fastest way to ship a car and the only way to have a vehicle shipped over a long distance in less than a day or two. In most cases, you can also ship other cargo, personal belongings, and other things when you use air freight, which is not an option with other methods, outside of containerized shipping.

Finally, there is the important element of safety. There is very little handling, or switching around of cargo when you use ship on an airline. Most shipments are destination-direct and stop only for deliveries, meaning your car is never sitting on a truck overnight or waiting to be unloaded from a ship for several days. It’s quick, easy, and safe, which is largely why people choose to pay the high price tag.

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Relevant Statistics

  • On average, it costs approximately $10,000 to fly a car on a plane for a domestic trip.
  • The cost of flying a car internationally can range from $15,000 to $20,000, depending on the destination.
  • Roughly 5% of private jet owners have flown their cars on planes at least once.
  • An estimated 500 cars are transported by planes each year for various reasons, including special events and emergencies.
  • The weight of the car plays a significant role in pricing, with an average cost of $100 per kilogram to fly a car on a plane.

General Facts

  • Transporting a car by plane is a specialized service provided by certain cargo airlines.
  • The cost of flying a car on a plane can vary depending on factors such as the size and weight of the car, the distance to be traveled, and any additional services required.
  • Generally, transporting a car by plane is more expensive than other modes of transportation, such as shipping by sea or road.
  • The cost of flying a car on a plane may include fees for handling, customs clearance, and insurance.
  • It is recommended to contact specialized freight companies or cargo airlines for accurate pricing information and to inquire about any specific requirements for shipping a car by plane.

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Do you still have questions about shipping your car via air freight? Contact A1 Auto Transport company. We are one of the leading car shipping companies in the United States. With over two decades of experience in the company, we have shipped thousands of cars on air, land, ocean, and rail. We've shipped cars to and from different airports both locally and internationally, and we can assist with customs requirements for international car shipping.

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Joe Webster always knew the auto transport industry would be a great career option. And with decades of experience, Joe is now an established consultant for A1 Auto Transport.

Joe was born in Santa Cruz, California. During high school, Joe worked as a mechanic; a job continued to work part-time during his bachelor's degree.

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