American Airlines Transports Critical Supplies to US and Beyond with More Cargo-Only Flights

Thursday, April 09, 2020, 8:00 AM

American increases weekly cargo-capacity to 5.5 million pounds to transport critical goods between the US and Buenos Aires, Dublin, Frankfurt, Hong Kong, London, Seoul, Shanghai and Tokyo to support those in need.

FORT WORTH, Texas — At American Airlines, caring for people extends beyond the airplane. In times of need, American is there to care for the communities we serve. The airline is expanding its cargo-only operation this month to provide more than 5.5 million pounds of capacity to transport critical goods each week between the U.S. and Europe, Asia and Latin America.

These 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 month.

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).

Cargo-only operation

Origin Destination Weekly Start date Aircraft
DFW FRA 1x weekly March 19 777-300
DFW HKG Up to 5x weekly April 8 777-300
JFK LHR 2x weekly April 10 777-200
DFW DUB 1x weekly April 13 777-300
MIA EZE Up to 7x weekly Late April 777-300
* ICN Up to 3x weekly Late April 787-9
* PVG Up to 3x weekly Late April 787-9

*Origin city for ICN/PVG cargo-only flight is pending.

To read more about American’s first cargo-only flight, visit American Airlines Announces Cargo-Only Flights to Help Keep Business Moving.

About American Airlines Group
American Airlines offers customers 6,800 daily flights to more than 365 destinations in 61 countries from its hubs in Charlotte, Chicago, Dallas-Fort Worth, Los Angeles, Miami, New York, Philadelphia, Phoenix and Washington, D.C. With a shared purpose of caring for people on life's journey, American's 130,000 global team members serve more than 200 million customers annually. Since 2013, American has invested more than $28 billion in its product and people and now flies the youngest fleet among U.S. network carriers, equipped with industry-leading high-speed Wi-Fi, lie-flat seats, and more inflight entertainment and access to power. American also has enhanced food and beverage options in the air and on the ground in its world-class Admirals Club and Flagship lounges. American was recently named a Five Star Global Airline by the Airline Passenger Experience Association and Airline of the Year by Air Transport World. American is a founding member of oneworld®, whose members serve 1,100 destinations in 180 countries and territories. Shares of American Airlines Group Inc. trade on Nasdaq under the ticker symbol AAL and the company's stock is included in the S&P 500. Learn more about what's happening at American by visiting and connect with American on Twitter @AmericanAir and at