American Airlines increases cargo-only service from the US to Europe to transport critical goods


At American Airlines, caring for people on life’s journey is our purpose. In times of need, American is there for the communities we serve around the globe. The airline is expanding its cargo-only operation this month to provide 126 weekly flights to 15 cities in U.S. and Europe, Asia, and the Caribbean.

American is increasing its cargo-only service from the U.S. to Europe. New flights beginning May include cargo-only service from American’s largest hub in the Midwest, Chicago O’Hare (ORD), to London Heathrow Airport (LHR), United Kingdom, and Paris Charles De Gaulle (CDG), France. 

From Philadelphia (PHL), American will begin cargo-only service to Zurich (ZRH), Switzerland, and Rome Fiumicino Airport (FCO), Italy. American’s Philadelphia hub is known for its leading temperature-control facility equipped to safely move temperature-sensitive pharmaceuticals including vital medicines. From ZRH-PHL, American will be transporting essential pharmaceutical chemicals, trucked from Germany, destined for San Juan Airport (SJU), Puerto Rico. 

From New York, John F. Kennedy Airport (JFK), American will commence cargo-only service to LHR. On the U.S bound flight, mail and flowers will be flown to reach those across the country celebrating Mother’s Day on May 10.

“At the end of March, we introduced two cargo-only flights from Frankfurt (FRA), the first cargo-only flight for American since 1984. With the support of our tremendous team, we now offer cargo capacity on 126 international flights per week,” said Tim Isik, Director Cargo Sales – Europe, Middle East and Africa. “This expansion reinforces our ability to adapt, and we are proud to play our part in the global relief efforts and to care for people on life’s journey.”

Across American’s cargo network, life-saving medical supplies, personal protective equipment and pharmaceuticals are being transported, as well as essential goods including manufacturing and automotive equipment, mail, fresh fruit, vegetables, fish, and healthcare products.

In addition, American continues to carry cargo on all its passenger flights. Internationally, the airline’s widebody aircraft operate up to 126 weekly flights. Passenger flights on widebody airplanes include daily service between DFW and LHR; daily service between MIA and LHR; regular service between DFW and Madrid Barajas (MAD) and three weekly flights between DFW and Tokyo Narita (NRT).

Expanded cargo service

Origin Destination Aircraft Frequency
DFW AMS 777-300 2x weekly
DFW DUB 777-300 2x weekly
DFW FRA 777-300 2x weekly
DFW MAD 787-8 1x daily
DFW LHR 787-8 1x daily
JFK LHR 777-200 2x weekly
MIA LHR 777-300 1x daily
ORD CDG 787-8 1x weekly
ORD LHR 787-8 2x weekly
PHL FCO 787-8 1x weekly
PHL SJU 787-8 2x weekly
PHL ZRH 787-8 1x weekly

Asia Pacific widebody operations

Origin Destination Aircraft Frequency
DFW ICN* 787-9 3x weekly
DFW NRT 787-8 3x weekly
LAX HKG 777-300 1x daily
LAX ICN** 787-9 2x daily
LAX SYD 777-300 1x weekly
PEK DFW 787-9 3x weekly
PVG LAX 787-9 2x daily

Routing connects to PEK (DFW-ICN-PEK-DFW)

**Routing connects to PVG (LAX-ICN-PVG-LAX)

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