American Airlines to double cargo-only flights in September
In September, the airline plans to accompany its 1,200 passenger flights and their belly capacity with more than 1,000 cargo-only flights, offering a total of 2,200 monthly flights for air shipments, the carrier announced on August 17, 2020.
In March 2020, American reintroduced its cargo-only services after a 35-year hiatus since 1984. The idea to push for air freight came about as the COVID-19 outbreak progressed and passenger traffic decreased.
“On March 17 — four days after most air travel between the United States and Europe was paused — the team that had originally explored the possibility of cargo-only flying was called to put their plan in motion,” the airline’s statement reads.
American Airlines’ (A1G) (AAL) first cargo-only flight was launched to Frankfurt (FRA), Germany. The carrier then subsequently branched its network to Hong Kong (HKG), followed by Shanghai (PVG), Beijing (PEK) and Seoul (ICN).
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