American Airlines uses passenger jets for cargo

US airline American Airlines is using otherwise grounded passenger aircraft for cargo flights between the USA and Europe.

The first flight was a Boeing 777-300 that left on Friday 20th of March from Dallas Fort Worth for Frankfurt. Two of these flights, carrying flight personnel and cargo, operated over four days.

The 777-300 has 14 cargo positions and 50 tons of capacity, with the flights carrying medical supplies, mail for US military, telecommunications equipment and electronics for home workers, and e-commerce packages.

Rick Elieson, president of American Airlines Cargo and vice president of international operations, said, “We have a critical role to play in keeping essential goods moving during this unprecedented time, and we are proud to do our part and find ways to continue to serve our customers and our communities.”

He added, “Challenging times call for creative solutions, and a team of people across the airline has been working non-stop to arrange cargo-only flight options for our customers.”