American Airlines expands cargo operations

American Airlines cargo

American Airlines has expanded its cargo schedule this month to provide 140 weekly flights to 15 cities in Asia Pacific, Europe and the Caribbean, up from 80 flights last week.

New destinations include daily flights between Dallas-Fort Worth (DFW) and Hong Kong (HKG); and weekly flights from DFW and Beijing (PEK); DFW Chicago (ORD) and Paris (CDG); ORD and London Heathrow (LHR); Philadelphia (PHL) and Rome (FCO); PHL and San Juan (SJU), and PHL and Zurich (ZRH).

American Airlines president of cargo and vice president of international operations, Rick Elieson, said: “Why we fly hasn’t changed, but out of necessity how we care for people on life’s journey has had to change.

“Cargo-only fights have allowed us to transport medical equipment, communications and technology tools, pharmaceuticals and food supplies.

“Air cargo is uniquely positioned to connect the world at a time when barriers and distance threaten to separate us. I’m immensely proud of our teams and business partners who have come together to make these flights possible.”

Following the outbreak of coronavirus and the imposed global travel restrictions, American Airlines announced that it would be launching cargo-only flights to keep business moving in spite of the pandemic.

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