AMERICAS: American Airlines Cargo celebrates 65 Years

American Airlines Cargo Division (AA Cargo) celebrated, in October, 65 years of air cargo service to global customers spanning six continents. The anniversary marks the date of the air cargo industry’s first scheduled airfreight service on 15 October, 1944. The 19-hour flight of the DC-3 Flagship freighter from New York’s LaGuardia Field moved 2,700 kilograms […]


American Airlines Cargo Division (AA Cargo) celebrated, in October, 65 years of air cargo service to global customers spanning six continents. The anniversary marks the date of the air cargo industry’s first scheduled airfreight service on 15 October, 1944. The 19-hour flight of the DC-3 Flagship freighter from New York’s LaGuardia Field moved 2,700 kilograms of bulk cargo to its Burbank, California destination.

“From the earliest days, American Airlines was led by bold and visionary aviation pioneers who flew an array of aircraft, beginning with the DC-3 which accommodated an assortment of bulk cargo including fashion goods, textiles and machine parts,” AA said in statement.

“Sixty-five years later, the world’s supply chain is dependent on air cargo for transport of some of the most precious cargo in the world – from pallets of life-saving vaccines to priceless art and critical machine parts.”

“From the beginning, American’s founders saw the promise of a dedicated air cargo business, and invested in innovative solutions that have benefited our industry,” said Dave Brooks, president – American Airlines Cargo.

“We thank the long list of employees, customers and associates who have been a part of our story through the years. We look ahead with an unwavering commitment to our industry and our valued customers.”