American Airways currently announced that it will fly a handful of cargo-only flights to Europe, applying its regular 777-300 passenger planes, over the class of the upcoming couple times. The company says these flights will carry clinical supplies, mail for lively U.S. military, telecommunications equipment and electronics, as effectively as deals from e-commerce companies.
This marks the first time American is functioning cargo-only flights considering the fact that 1984, when it retired its last 747 freighter (one particular of people retired planes, by the way, was then modified to carry NASA’s shuttle on its back).
By default, nearly all airways carry cargo on their domestic and worldwide flights. American, for example, notes that it delivered far more than 400 tons of bouquets from Amsterdam to the U.S. in the two months around Valentine’s Working day. As airways started off shrinking their operations in light-weight of several vacation restrictions and plummeting customer demand from customers all through the present COVID-19 outbreak, that cargo potential shrunk, as well, even nevertheless there is even now loads of demand from customers for going cargo amongst nations around the world. As of now, American and the other big U.S. airlines have suspended the the greater part of their global extensive-haul flights.
“We have a important role to participate in in retaining critical merchandise shifting all through this unparalleled time, and we are very pleased to do our portion and obtain ways to keep on to provide our customers and our communities,” said Rick Elieson, president of Cargo and vice president of Intercontinental Operations at American. “Challenging times contact for innovative options, and a staff of individuals throughout the airline has been doing the job nonstop to set up cargo-only flight options for our consumers.”
For now, American only strategies to make two spherical-excursions concerning Dallas and Frankfurt around the system of the up coming 4 days. “The flights supply considerably-needed cargo capacity for quite a few of the airline’s frequent cargo buyers, letting them to proceed running in this hard atmosphere,” the firm states in its announcement.
Delta, way too, lately declared that it would use some of its grounded passenger planes to shift cargo. As airways proceed to grapple with the fallout of this pandemic, we’ll very likely see far more of them do this in the coming weeks.