American Airlines Cargo provides one of the worlds largest cargo network with cargo terminals and interline connections across the globe and has expanded its European trucking network this summer to better serve an even greater number of customers and to meet customers demands more efficiently and effectively.
The trucking services operate using flight numbers, connecting offline cities and online points with the rest of the airline’s global network, via the 450-plus flights that depart from Europe every week. American Airlines and American Eagle also offer an average of nearly 6,700 flights per day to nearly 350 destinations in more than 50 countries
With multiple truck options per night, American Airlines can link together key European cities such as the United States, Europe, Canada, Mexico, the Caribbean, Latin America and Asia Pacific, which helps maintain high load factors, and increases capacity and routing options for customers. The Netherlands, Germany and France all feed nightly freight into the airline’s London Heathrow operation, which operates 20 flights per day direct to the United States. Almost 4.5 million pounds which is equivalent to 2 million kilos per month is now fed into the online destinations for carriage on the company’s aircraft.
“Operating trucking services from across Europe into London enables us to reach cargo markets that we wouldn’t otherwise be able to serve,” said Andy Cornwell who is currently a regional manager for American Airlines Cargo Sales located in northern Europe. “It has enabled us to become a major player in a number of markets where we don’t have direct lift. By offering overnight trucks, we now can serve customers in countries like Denmark, Hungary and beyond.”
American has hubs in Charlotte, Chicago, Dallas/Fort Worth, Los Angeles, Miami, New York, Philadelphia, Phoenix, and Washington, D.C. American is a founding member of the oneworld alliance, whose members and members-elect serve nearly 1,000 destinations with 14,250 daily flights to 150 countries.
In the last 12 months, American Airlines has increased cargo lift out of Heathrow with the introduction of more freight-friendly aircraft, such as the Boeing 777-300 and Boeing 787. These aircraft’s provide the capacity to serve additional markets enabling the American Airlines to expand their reach among a larger range of customers to help boost their sales.
New trucking services from Lyon, Toulouse, Bordeaux and Marseilles, France, along with Frankfurt, Germany, have also been set up to serve American’s seasonal flights from Barcelona (BCN) to Chicago (ORD).
“Our French team could see that we had an opportunity to maximize capacity from Spain by launching dedicated trucking services to connect with our flights,” said Kathleen Lesage who is currently regional manager for American Airlines Cargo Sales located in western Europe. “And, with those southern cities being much closer in miles to Spain than Paris, it made perfect sense.”
The UK export airfreight market, combined with the extra freight from across Europe has been key for the American team in Europe, enabling them to set record after record for the pounds shipped on an individual day into and out of LHR.