Delta Cargo, the air freight division of Delta Air Lines, has launched its vehicle shipping service ─ Variation Wheels ─ from Los Angeles International Airport, allowing customers to transport a wide range of vehicles safely and conveniently throughout the Delta system.
“Freight customers have told us for some time they wanted our Variation Wheels service at Los Angeles,” said Ray Curtis, vice president-Delta Cargo Global Sales. “Variation Wheels is the perfect shipping solution for many types of vehicles when expert handling and time are of the essence, including show models, prototypes, new and used vehicles and racing cars. Besides automobiles, other vehicles may shipped include motorcycles and small trucks.”
With the Variation Wheels product, Delta Cargo offers customers high-priority vehicle loading and unloading and skilled care and handling with increased visibility from booking to delivery. In addition to U.S. shipments, vehicles may connect through Delta’s international gateways to and from Europe, Asia and South America.
Prior to transporting or receiving a shipment, Delta stations and employees must complete a thorough training program to become certified to handle the Variation Wheels product. Operating procedures include a detailed checklist that must be completed 24 hours in advance of arrival at the origin station.
In addition to Los Angeles, Variation Wheels operations are approved at five U.S. stations: Atlanta; Detroit; Minneapolis/St. Paul; New York-JFK; and Salt Lake City. Fifteen international stations also handle Variation Wheels shipments: Bangkok; Berlin; Buenos Aires; Frankfurt; Lima; London-Heathrow; Milan; Moscow; Munich; Paris; Santiago; Sao Paulo; Shanghai; Stuttgart; and Tokyo-Narita.
Delta Cargo launched the Variation Wheels product in September 2011. To date the program has seen more than 300 percent revenue growth year over year.