American Airlines transports gear and equipment for Rio Olympics

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American Airlines Cargo has delivered over 65 tonnes of broadcast equipment and athletic gear to Rio de Janeiro in preparation for the Olympic Games, which start on 5 August.

Broadcasting equipment was shipped out of Japan and London to Rio for high-resolution filming at the sporting festival. One of the largest shipments of this kind moved over a three-week period to Rio’s Galeão International via two American Airlines gateway hubs, Los Angeles and Miami. Fourteen different movements made up this particular consignment, which travelled in the bellies of American’s widebody aircraft.

Other shipments travelling across the airline’s network to Brazil included sporting goods from Australia, jerseys and promotional items and athletic training equipment from various locations.

American Airlines managing director of cargo sales – Asia, Keijiro Ishii says: “We were delighted to be entrusted with the safe transportation of a national broadcaster’s equipment and other important items for such a significant event.”

“Our teams in locations all over the world worked closely together to ensure the safe and timely arrival of all elements involved. It’s great to hear that everything is ready to go and we look forward to watching the crystal clear results being beamed from Brazil.”

American says all shipments were transported and expert customs clearance was provided to ensure products were safely delivered to different venues and stadiums. The airline will work with customers and partners to make sure goods and equipment are shipped back after the competitions finish.