American Airlines is utilizing its currently grounded passenger aircraft for cargo-only flights between the United States and Europe to help keep business moving and to ensure the world’s goods continue to get where they need to go and on time.
The first cargo-only flight departs from Dallas Fort Worth International Airport (DFW) on March 20 heading for Frankfurt Airport (FRA).
The cargo-only Boeing 777-300 will operate two round trips between Dallas and Frankfurt over the course of four days, carrying only cargo and necessary flight personnel.
The 777-300 can handle 14 cargo positions for large pallets and can carry more than 100,000 pounds.
“We have a critical role to play in keeping essential goods moving during this unprecedented time, and we are proud to do our part and find ways to continue to serve our customers and our communities,” said Rick Elieson, President of Cargo and Vice President of International Operations. “Challenging times call for creative solutions, and a team of people across the airline has been working nonstop to arrange cargo-only flight options for our customers.”
“It’s an honor to be part of these cargo-only flights,” said Ken Jarrell, Fleet Service Clerk, Cargo Services – DFW. “They represent much needed aid for the world and hope for our team. Our team members across the airline are ready and willing to do what it takes to make sure people have the things they need during these unprecedented times.”
American continues to transport cargo on all of its planes domestically.
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