American Airlines is to use its currently grounded
passenger aircraft to move cargo between the United States and
The first cargo-only flight departs from Dallas
Fort Worth International Airport (DFW) today, 20 March, landing
at Frankfurt Airport (FRA) on Saturday.
The Boeing 777-300 will
operate two round trips between DFW and FRA over the course of
four days, carrying only cargo and necessary flight personnel.
The 777-300 has 14 cargo positions for large
pallets and can carry more than 100,000 pounds.
The four scheduled
flights this weekend are expected to be booked to capacity and
transport medical supplies, mail for active U.S. military,
telecommunications equipment and electronics that will support
people working from home, and e-commerce packages.
It is the first scheduled cargo-only flight since 1984 when
American retired the last of its Boeing 747 freighters.
“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.”