Coronavirus: American Airlines expands global cargo capacity

American Airlines cargo coronavirus

American Airlines is still operating its international widebody service to key locations around the globe, as the air cargo industry continues to play “a vital role in supporting the world’s economy” following the coronavirus (covid-19) outbreak.

The world’s largest airline is due to fly long-haul widebody passenger flights carrying cargo this week to locations including Auckland Airport (AKL), São Paulo International Airport (GRU) and Honolulu International Airport (HNL).

These flights are in addition to existing passenger flights which continue to operate daily between Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport (DFW) and London Heathrow (LHR), Miami International Airport (MIA) and LHR, and three times weekly between DFW and Narita International Airport (NRT).

American is also expanding its cargo capacity with more roundtrip flights between DFW and Frankfurt Airport (FRA) beginning 26 March – bringing a total of more than 40 widebody flights operating this week across the globe.

American’s network is augmented by its global trucking routes, offering additional opportunities for cargo capacity around the world.

“The air cargo industry plays a vital role in supporting the world’s economy and it’s more important than ever before that we continue to find solutions to serve our customers,” said Roger Samways, vice president of cargo sales.

On 20 March, American Airlines launched its first cargo-only flights since 1984 between DFW and FRA.

Two Boeing 777-300 aircraft flew two round trips between DFW and FRA over the course of four days, transporting critical goods including medical supplies, mail for active US military, telecommunications equipment and electronics that will support people working from home, and e-commerce packages.

Between 26 March and 28 March, American Airlines will also be operating repatriation flights. These flights will leave Latin America en route to the airline’s largest hub at Dallas-Forth Worth in an effort to return people to their homes.

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