American Airlines will add a daily, nonstop widebody service between San Juan Luis Muñoz Marín Airport (SJU) and Philadelphia International Airport (PHL). The daily Airbus A330-200 widebody route will be in addition to the two-daily narrow-body flights already in place and is intended to significantly boost American’s cargo capacity to the island, with pharmaceutical freight exports one of the main drivers.
The new service will provide added capacity for shippers across the world transporting goods to and from SJU, including cell phones, medical instruments and aircraft parts as well as pharmaceuticals. Last year the Caribbean island accounted for 24% of all pharmaceutical and medicine exports from the US, positioning San Juan as one of the largest pharmaceutical manufacturing bases in the world.
American Airlines Cargo state that by adding the daily flight they can connect their recently enhanced cold chain infrastructure at SJU with their facility at PHL, allowing for the direct movement of sensitive cold chain pharmaceutical shipments. Linda Dreffein, senior manager at American Airlines Cargo Sales, Eastern Division said:
"Bringing in a daily widebody for this route will give us the opportunity to offer customers more capacity to and from both of these high-demand locations. Plus, it will hugely benefit us in our ongoing efforts to enhance and evolve our already world class cold-chain program.”