AMR Corporation reported November 2013 cargo volumes for its principal subsidiary, American Airlines, Inc., were up nearly 17 percent versus November 2012. The numbers were released prior to the close of the merger on Dec. 9.
"We're very pleased with the legacy American achieving its seventh consecutive month of year-over-year traffic growth," said Jim Butler, president of American Airlines Cargo. "In fact, the team set a new record in November for the total weight loaded onto one of our 777-300ER aircraft on a flight from New York-JFK to London Heathrow. This momentum combined with the recent merger close position the new American to be a stronger, more successful airline."
American Airlines and US Airways continue to operate as two separate companies, but plans for integrating both airlines have already begun.
"Our cargo team has been working long hours for quite some time now, and we're making progress on our goal of becoming the greatest airline in the world," Butler said. "While we expect this integration to be complex and to last for quite some time, we're committed to keeping our customers our top priority. The new American will offer our customers a larger global network which means more choices for shipping."
American continues to outperform major U.S. competitors in monthly and year-to-date cargo traffic.
About American Airlines Cargo
American Airlines Cargo, a division of American Airlines, Inc., provides one of the largest cargo networks in the world with cargo terminals and interline connections across the globe. Each week, American provides more than 100 million pounds of cargo capacity to major cities in the United States, Europe, Canada, Mexico, the Caribbean, Latin America and Asia. American offers more than 3,500 daily flights worldwide to and from its hubs in Chicago, Dallas/Fort Worth, Los Angeles, Miami and New York. American flies to nearly 100 international locations, including important markets such as London, Madrid Sao Paulo and Tokyo.