Friday, June 11, 2021

New Air Cargo Services as Airlines Wake up After Pandemic

Recommencement of US - European Flights
Shipping News Feature

US – GREECE – As the airlines around the world, yawn, stretch and get ready to go back to work comes the announcement of new cargo services between Chicago, New York and Athens.

American Airlines Cargo says it is further expanding its European network with the reintroduction of service to the Greece capital The new seasonal services that launched the week of June 7 include a Boeing 787-8 aircraft from Athens international Airport (ATH) to Chicago O’Hare International Airport (ORD), as well as a Boeing 777-200 aircraft in the afternoon from ATH to John F. Kennedy International Airport (JFK).

The airline previously served the city two years ago, but with smaller equipment, prompting Tim Isik, Managing Director Cargo Sales - Europe, Africa, Middle East and Asia for American Airlines Cargo, to comment:

“There are long-standing freight customers in Greece who have been eager to see the recommencing of services. We are delighted to be able to meet their needs with morning and afternoon flights, which will provide great connectivity for onward freight.”

Perishables form a key part of the traffic from Greece to the United States with fish, figs, cheese and olives being carried on the first flights. Greece also provides an entry point to the American network for customers in neighbouring countries, and the new services are already supporting freight forwarders from Turkey shipping textiles to the United States.

The airline says its trucking network is in place to ensure distribution, and the services are to be operated with American’s Cargo GSA in Greece, its long-standing partner Goldair. During the month of June, American plans to operate more than 5,700 widebody flights around the world.