It all officially started with a 19-hour flight from New York City to Southern California. On Oct. 15, 1944, we loaded up a DC-3 with more than 6,000 pounds of cargo and flew the first scheduled air cargo flight from LaGuardia Field to Burbank, California.
Before that, we can trace our lineage back to an association of air transport companies that merged to become American Airways, the direct predecessor of American Airlines. The first cargo flown by our predecessor was a mail contract route from Chicago to St. Louis flown by none other than Charles Lindbergh.
Not only do we provide cargo service to major cities in the U.S., Europe, Canada, Mexico, the Caribbean, Latin America and Asia, we extend our reach by continuously adding new and seasonal routes.
As American Airlines Cargo evolves and builds for the future, we have renewed our fleet with hundreds of new planes to bring both passengers and shippers a more modern and connected experience.
American Airlines Cargo Advantages:
Whatever you need to ship, we’ve got you covered.
- Freight Services
- Life Sciences/Healthcare
- Pets & Animals
- Small Parcel
- Temperature Control
- Critical Cargo
- High Value
- Human Remains
- Dangerous Goods
- Air Waybill Tracking