It all officially started with a 19-hour flight from New York City to Southern California. On Oct. 15, 1944, they 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, they can trace the lineage back to an association of air transport companies that merged to become American Airways, the direct predecessor of American Airlines.
American Airlines Cargo first cargo flown by their predecessor was a mail contract route from Chicago to St. Louis flown by none other than Charles Lindbergh.
Before passenger service was even possible, American Airlines was an airmail pioneer. That service morphed into the unrivaled air cargo service businesses around the world depend upon every day.
American Airlines Cargo ships 2 billion pounds of goods between 350 worldwide destinations every year. For more than 75 years, American has delivered everything from fresh seafood and flowers to life-saving medicines and treasured museum artifacts.
American Airlines Cargo Advantages
- Next-flight service for up to 100 lbs
- No advanced booking required
- More than 150 locations worldwide
- 50% money-back guarantee
- Premium boarding priority for freight
- Faster transfers and connections
- Always find space with EZ Book
- Cost-effective freight service
- Complete shipment tracking
- Narrowbody and widebody options
- Worldwide connections with interline
- Active and passive cold chain solutions
- Dedicated expert champions
- Dedicated temp-controlled spaces
- CEIV-certified processes