75th Anniversary Snapshot: Thinking inside the ‘Bunyan Box’

  Now that it’s July, when Americans are celebrating their independence, it seems fitting to spotlight a 60-year-old American innovation that changed the way the industry protected its precious cargo. Searching for a way to ensure that perishable airfreight could be quickly loaded and unloaded from cargo holds, while still protecting it from spoilage and […]
  • Randy Woods
  • July 9, 2018

American Airlines launches cargo services to Cuba

We are finally witnessing air cargo operations launch between Cuba and the United States, after the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) awarded American Airlines, Delta, JetBlue, Southwest and United Airlines slots at José Martí International Airport (HAV) after a year of eerie silence surrounding what was initially a hot topic in the air freight world. […]
  • Nina Chamlou
  • June 4, 2018

American Airlines, Qantas seek regulatory approval for joint business agreement

American Airlines and Australian carrier Qantas Airways resubmitted an application yesterday to form a joint business on routes between North America, Australia and New Zealand with the U.S. Department of Transportation. Under the proposed agreement, the airlines would greatly expand codeshare flights between the United States and the Australian continent. While the proposal highlights passenger […]
  • Caryn Livingston
  • February 27, 2018

Double-digit growth in cargo revenues boosts American Airlines’ 2017 profits

American Airlines (AA) announced a full-year net profit of US$1.9 billion, or $2.4 billion excluding net special items, for 2017, which the carrier concluded was, “a remarkable year.” While passenger operations were predictably robust, the fastest-growing segment was cargo, which registered a 14.4 percent, year-over-year, increase in revenues, to $800 million, driven by a 15 […]
  • Lewis King
  • January 26, 2018

American Airlines begins daily LAX-to-Beijing service

American Airlines launched its sixth daily route between the United States and China with the addition of flights from Los Angeles (LAX) to Beijing (PEK). The carrier also flies to Beijing and Shanghai from Dallas/Fort Worth (DFW) and Chicago (ORD). American Airlines Cargo president Rick Elieson said the airline sees the addition of new U.S.-to-China […]
  • Caryn Livingston
  • November 7, 2017

Qatar Airways investments equal nearly 10 percent of Cathay Pacific ownership

Expanding its reach into the Asia-Pacific region, Qatar Airways agreed to purchase shares amounting to about 9.6 percent ownership in Hong Kong-based Cathay Pacific Airways. Cathay Pacific, like Qatar Airways, belongs to the oneworld global airline alliance. According to Reuters, Qatar Airways bought roughly 378 million of Cathay Pacific’s shares from Hong Kong’s Kingboard Chemical […]
  • Caryn Livingston
  • November 6, 2017

American Airlines Q3 ops impacted by hurricanes

While American Airlines reported an increase in total revenue of 2.7 percent during the third quarter of 2017, compared with the same quarter in 2016, net income for the airline in Q3 fell by 15.3 percent to US$624 million, as the carrier’s operations were negatively impacted by hurricanes Harvey, Irma and Maria, which struck the […]
  • Caryn Livingston
  • October 27, 2017

Heathrow reports all-time high for August cargo volumes

Trade with Latin America and North America helped push cargo volumes at London’s Heathrow Airport (LHR) to a record high for August, the airport reported. Heathrow saw a 13 percent, year-over-year, increase in cargo volumes for August, reaching 139,023 tonnes. Cargo volumes at LHR have been higher, y-o-y, every month so far in 2017. According […]
  • Caryn Livingston
  • September 11, 2017

Airlink response to Harvey already under way

It has been four days since Hurricane Harvey slammed into the Texas coast as a Category 4 storm – the largest to make landfall in Texas since 1961. As rain continues to fall on the Houston metro area through southern Louisiana today, rapid-response disaster and humanitarian relief organization Airlink is already working with the aviation community […]
  • Randy Woods
  • August 30, 2017

American Airlines hosts hub tours for National Aviation Day

In celebration of National Aviation Day tomorrow, American Airlines is hosting tours of its hubs around the world, offering behind-the-scenes looks at aircraft, training equipment and cargo handling. On the eve of #NationalAviationDay, we're celebrating w/ @AirlineGeeks across the globe w/ hub tours. Join us by following #AAviationDay! pic.twitter.com/q2ESeMXQbX — American Airlines (@AmericanAir) August 18, […]
  • Caryn Livingston
  • August 18, 2017

Valentine’s day flower trade drives air cargo business [ VIDEO]

In the run-up to Valentine’s Day this year, Emirates SkyCargo has added four additional freighters from Nairobi, carrying an additional 350 tonnes of flowers into Amsterdam. LATAM Cargo announced that it is transporting more than 160 million bouquets of flowers (around 9,000 tons) in the three weeks leading up to Valentine’s Day. Luxembourg-based Cargolux said […]
  • Lewis King
  • February 13, 2017

Additional AA Cargo widebody targets Puerto Rican pharma

Starting April 4, 2017, American Airlines will add a daily A330-200 widebody flight to its extant twice daily narrow-body scheduled service between San Juan Luis Muñoz Marín Airport (SJU) and Philadelphia International Airport (PHL). PHL is home to American Airlines Cargo’s dedicated, 25,000-square-foot pharmaceutical facility, making Philly an important node for importing Puerto Rican pharmaceuticals. […]
  • Lewis King
  • January 11, 2017

Delta pilots ratify new contract featuring 30 percent raise

Half a decade after American Airlines filed for bankruptcy and workers were forced to take massive cuts to keep their positions, many U.S.-based airlines are posting record profits. The turn in fortunes is now turning up the heat on carriers to heed the demands of workers seeking compensatory treatment after years of sacrifice. One by […]
  • Lewis King
  • December 5, 2016

American Airlines launches new Dallas-Madrid 787-9 service

American Airlines announced the launch of a new 787-9 service between Dallas/Fort Worth (DFW) and Madrid Barajas (MAD) in Spain. The widebody jet provides capacity for up to 36 LD3 positions, or 12 pallets. The 787-9 is also currently operating from DFW to São Paulo (GRU), with plans to tack on the DFW-Paris (CDG) route […]
  • Lewis King
  • December 1, 2016
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