American Airlines Cargo bulks up capacity

American Airlines Cargo operations. Photo: American Airlines

American Airlines Cargo is set to benefit from an expanded American Airlines winter schedule of more than 12,500 roundtrip widebody flights between November this year and March 2024.

The carrier is operating increased frequencies across all its major international markets, with more than 6,900 of those widebody flights dedicated to trans-Atlantic routes — a more than 1,100 increase compared to the same season last year.

Flights between London Heathrow (LHR) and key US destinations account for nearly half of the trans-Atlantic increase at 490 more flights compared to last winter season, with Charlotte Douglas International Airport (CLT), Chicago O’Hare International Airport (ORD), Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport (DFW), John F. Kennedy International Airport (JFK) and Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) seeing the highest year-over-year increase.

Other notable routes between Europe and the US include Barcelona Airport (BCN) to Philadelphia International Airport (PHL), Dublin Airport (DUB) to DFW, Rome Fiumicino Airport (FCO) to DFW, Lisbon Airport (LIS) to PHL, and Madrid-Barajas Airport (MAD) to CLT — all of which were previously summer seasonal routes and are now year-round. 

Europe is not the only market where American is increasing widebody frequency.

Out of Latin America, Buenos Aires Ezeiza Airport (EZE) is seeing the largest increase with added service to DFW, Miami International Airport (MIA) and John F. Kennedy International Airport (JFK). Widebody flights between EZE and MIA alone are increased by 100 compared to the previous winter.

In the Asia-Pacific region, the carrier is introducing a new winter route with LAX to Auckland Airport (AKL), whilst DFW to Tokyo Haneda Airport (HND) becomes a year-round service and LAX to HND will increase to two flights per day. Overall, Asia-Pacific flights are up more than 370 from last year.

“We are thrilled to increase widebody service on important cargo lanes this winter,” says Roger Samways, vice president, commercial, for American Airlines Cargo.

“These new frequencies allow us to offer our customers more space on important routes and, supplemented by our U.S. domestic network and trucking schedule, more solutions for connecting freight across the globe.”

Earlier this year, American Airlines told Air Cargo News that it has no plans to add freighters to its all-passenger fleet.

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Rebecca Jeffrey

Rebecca Jeffrey
New to aviation journalism, I joined Air Cargo News in late 2021 as deputy editor. I previously worked for Mercator Media’s six maritime sector magazines as a reporter, heading up news for Port Strategy. Prior to this, I was editor for Recruitment International (now TALiNT International). Contact me on: [email protected]