American Airlines announced today that it will use its standard 777-300 aircraft for several European cargo flights in the coming days,media reported. The company said the flights would be used to deliver medical supplies, U.S. military mail, telecommunications equipment and electronics, and packages from e-commerce companies.
This marks the first time since the U.S. decommissioned its last 747 cargo plane in 1984 that it has operated only cargo flights.
“At this unprecedented time, we play a key role in securing the transportation of essential goods, and we are proud to do our part to find ways to continue serving our customers and communities,” said Rick Ellison, President and Vice President of International Business, Air Cargo, USA. Challenging times require creative solutions, and (now) a team of airlines is constantly working to arrange cargo-specific flights for our customers. “
Currently, American Airlines plans to travel between Dallas and Frankfurt only twice in the next four days. “These flights provide many of the company’s regular freight customers with much-needed freight capabilities to continue operating in this challenging environment,” the company said in a statement. “