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  August 30th, 2018 | Written by

American Airlines Cargo achieves record-setting quarter

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  • Ecommerce movements continue to support significant growth across the American Airlines Cargo network.
  • American Airlines Cargo saw an 800-percent increase in the shipment of blood for medical purposes.
  • American Airlines Cargo transported valuable artwork from Madrid to the San Antonio Museum of Art.

Driven by nearly 350 million pounds of freight, up from 318 million the same time last year, American Airlines Cargo achieved record-setting growth in the second quarter, while also posting a record month in June.

Several key trends contributed to the record month and quarter. Ecommerce related movements continue to support significant growth across the network, particularly out of Asia, Europe and Brazil, while pharmaceuticals, fruit, and flowers were the largest growing commodities throughout the timeframe.

Other factors driving the success of the second quarter include: trucking volume increased 13.6 percent year over year; flower traffic from Europe was up—especially from France and Holland; a more than 800-percent year over year increase in the shipment of blood for medical purposes; several high-visibility large project shipments, such as the movement of more than 425 tons of engine and auto accessories from Japan—the equivalent of 1,800 massive V8 engines; and the sponsorship and transportation of valuable artwork from Madrid to the San Antonio Museum of Art.

“This is a fitting indicator of the commitment of our people to excellent and timely service, as well as the growing number of customers around the globe who trust American to deliver their cargo quickly and reliably,” said Lori Sinn, Managing Director, Revenue Management, American Airlines Cargo. “We look forward to breaking more records in the future.”

The airline recorded its best June performance in more than 10 years. Operational performance for the entire second quarter was also near historical record highs.

American provides one of the largest cargo networks in the world with cargo terminals and interline connections across the globe. American transports cargo between major cities in the United States, Europe, Canada, Mexico, the Caribbean, Latin America, and Asia.

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