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Package Delivery Changes in the industry due to technology Joseph P Satterthwaite Introduction The air transport industry encompasses flights of common carriers certified cargo and passenger services offered to the public and general aviation which caters to private aircraft used for recreation or business The industry supports a wide range of businesses and borne from it were package delivery services Origin and Development In 1910 the air transport industry was established in Germany when regular air service in dirigibles provided service between European cities Passenger services grew faster in Europe than in the United States primarily because of World War I 1914-1918 While the ground transport services in the States were based on the railroad many of the roads and railroad capabilities in Europe were devastated from bombings That result and the advent of the war airplane made the industrialized European nations take note The war also proved the military value of airplanes and sparked a dramatic acceleration in its production By the wars end small miniscule commercial air carriers took advantage of the ruined European ground transportation system and the large surplus of aircraft and pilots Air service within Europe flourished and by 1930 government-sponsored airlines operated well beyond Europe to numerous European colonies in the Middle East Africa Asia and Latin America Since the United States suffered none of the devastation that afflicted Europe trains were the fast reliable and comfortable ground service that Americans enjoyed Air travel was still uncomfortable and hadnt flourished in the States as in Europe In 1914 the first scheduled air flight for businessmen took place but as the winter tour season ended so did the commercial venture in Florida The government decision to transport US mail by aircraft kept the air travel industry alive here Originally the government used its own pilots and aircraft The 1925 Kelly Act a contract that solicits bids from the private sector for airmail and the 1926
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