American Airlines Cargo is extending its European trucking network to serve a greater number of customers connecting offline cities and online points with its 450-plus flights a week from Europe.
The Netherlands, Germany and France all feed nightly freight into London Heathrow Airport operations, which operates 20 flights a day direct into the USA, with almost two million kilos per month being fed into the online destinations for carriage on aircraft.
American Airlines Cargo regional manager for sales – Northern Europe, Andy Cornwell says trucking services enables American to reach cargo markets it would not be able to serve otherwise.
He says: “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 increased uplift from Heathrow with the introduction of cargo friendly aircraft including Boeing 777-300s and 787s.
New trucking services from Lyon, Toulouse, Bordeaux and Marseille in France, along with Frankfurt in Germany have been set up to serve seasonal flights from Barcelona to Chicago.
American Airlines Cargo regional manager for sales – Western Europe, Kathleen Lesage says: “Our French team could see that we had an opportunity to maximise capacity from Spain by launching dedicated trucking services to connect with our flights. And, with those southern cities being much closer in miles to Spain than Paris, it made perfect sense.”