American Airlines is expanding its
cargo-only operation to provide more than 5.5 million pounds of
capacity to transport critical goods each week between the US and
Buenos Aires, Dublin, Frankfurt, Hong Kong, London, Seoul,
Shanghai and Tokyo.
The flights will help transport life-saving
medical supplies and materials to the U.S., including personal
protective equipment and pharmaceuticals.
Other essential goods
will include manufacturing and automotive equipment, fresh fruits
and vegetables, fish, mail, and electronics.
“The air cargo industry plays a critical role in
pulling the world together in times of crisis, and it takes all of
us to get the job done,” said Rick Elieson, President of Cargo and
Vice President of International Operations. “With the expansion of
American’s cargo-only flights, we have more capacity to bring
critical medical supplies and protective gear to the areas that
need it most. We also play a key role in transporting essential
goods to keep the world’s economy moving. I take immense pride in
all the ways our airline and our industry are responding to make a
difference when the world needs us most.”
In March, the airline began operating its first
cargo-only flights since 1984 between Dallas-Fort Worth (DFW) and
Frankfurt (FRA), transporting more than 350,000 pounds of medical
supplies, mail for active U.S. military, telecommunications
equipment and electronics to support communities impacted by the
coronavirus (COVID-19) health crisis around the globe.
In the coming week, American will expand its
cargo-only service to multiple destinations with the addition of
flights from DFW to Dublin (DUB) and Hong Kong (HKG); between New
York (JFK) and London Heathrow (LHR).
The airline is also working
toward adding cargo-only service to Shanghai (PVG) and Seoul (ICN)
and between Miami (MIA) and Buenos Aires (EZE) by the end of the
In addition to this service, American continues to
carry cargo on all of its passenger flights. Internationally, the
airline’s widebody aircraft operate 17 weekly flights. Passenger
flights on widebody aircraft include daily service between DFW and
LHR, daily service between MIA and LHR and three weekly flights
between DFW and Tokyo Narita (NRT).