Monday, July 31, 2017

American AirlinesCargo Boosts European Road Haulage Options to Increase Heathrow Hub Air Freight

New Routes Aimed to Encourage More Continental Customers to Choose AA
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UK – US – EUROPE – American Airlines Cargo has expanded and extended its European freight trucking network this summer to better serve an even greater number of customers. The trucking services operate using flight numbers, connecting offline cities and online points with the rest of the airline’s global network, via the company's 450-plus flights that depart from Europe every week.

With multiple truck options per night, American links together key European cities, which helps maintain high load factors, and increases capacity and routing options for customers. The Netherlands, Germany and France all feed nightly freight into the airline's London Heathrow (LHR) operation, which operates 20 flights per day direct to the United States. Almost 2,000 tonnes per month is now fed on toward the online destinations for carriage on the company's aircraft. Andy Cornwell, regional manager, American Airlines Cargo Sales - Northern Europe, said:

"Operating trucking services from across Europe into London enables us to reach cargo markets that we wouldn’t otherwise be able to serve. 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."

In the last 12 months, American has increased cargo lift out of Heathrow with the introduction of aircraft with increased freight capacities, such as the Boeing 777-300 and Boeing 787. New trucking services from Lyon, Toulouse, Bordeaux and Marseilles in France, along with Frankfurt in Germany, have also been set up to serve American's seasonal flights from Barcelona (BCN) to Chicago (ORD). Kathleen Lesage, regional manager, American Airlines Cargo Sales - Western Europe, added:

"Our French team could see that we had an opportunity to maximize 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."