American Airways these days announced that it will fly a handful of cargo-only flights to Europe, employing its standard 777-300 passenger planes, about the training course of the upcoming couple days. The organization says these flights will carry clinical materials, mail for energetic U.S. military, telecommunications devices and electronics, as very well as deals from e-commerce firms.
This marks the very first time American is running cargo-only flights given that 1984, when it retired its very last 747 freighter (just one of those retired planes, by the way, was then modified to have NASA’s shuttle on its back).
By default, just about all airlines carry cargo on their domestic and intercontinental flights. American, for case in point, notes that it delivered far more than four hundred tons of bouquets from Amsterdam to the U.S. in the two months about Valentine’s Working day. As airways started shrinking their operations in gentle of numerous journey limits and plummeting customer need through the present-day COVID-19 outbreak, that cargo capacity shrunk, way too, even although there is still a great deal of demand from customers for transferring cargo amongst nations around the world. As of now, American and the other main U.S. airways have suspended the the greater part of their worldwide lengthy-haul flights.
“We have a crucial part to engage in in retaining vital products going all through this unparalleled time, and we are very pleased to do our component and uncover methods to carry on to provide our clients and our communities,” stated Rick Elieson, president of Cargo and vice president of Worldwide Operations at American. “Challenging moments call for innovative answers, and a group of men and women across the airline has been performing nonstop to set up cargo-only flight options for our buyers.”
For now, American only strategies to make two round-journeys involving Dallas and Frankfurt more than the class of the next four times. “The flights present substantially-desired cargo ability for lots of of the airline’s standard cargo shoppers, allowing them to proceed running in this demanding setting,” the business claims in its announcement.
Delta, way too, not too long ago declared that it would use some of its grounded passenger planes to transfer cargo. As airways go on to grapple with the fallout of this pandemic, we’ll probable see additional of them do this in the coming months.