American Airlines Cargo’s green initiatives are taking off

American Airlines Cargo is committed to shrinking its carbon footprint, by finding new and better ways to ensure it is running a sustainable operation

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As a growing global company, American Airlines Cargo is committed to shrinking its carbon footprint. As the carrier works to provide the best possible service and most expansive network available for customers, its worldwide teams have taken the initiative needed to lessen the environmental impact of its operations, while making sustainability a priority throughout the globe.


Ever since employees led the innovative Fuel Smart initiative back in 2005, American Airlines has saved millions of gallons of fuel from being consumed by its aircraft and support vehicles, while also cutting millions of pounds of CO2 emissions from being thrust into the atmosphere.


From weight reductions to finding more creative ways to save on energy at every turn, Fuel Smart was just one of the first of many initiatives that our team has implemented to play our part in maintaining the beauty and splendor of our planet.



“As a global cargo carrier, we’re deeply committed to finding new and better ways to ensure we’re running a sustainable operation, whether that’s by reducing our carbon footprint through new tools and technology, or simply recycling the plastic materials we use daily to protect and package our shipments,” said David Vance, VP – Cargo Operations. “Our efforts are part of a major, overall initiative everyone here at American Airlines, which everyone feels passionately about.”


At its local hubs, the teams are making a meaningful impact too, this includes the smaller ones have been working hard to make a positive impact on the local environment. American’s San Francisco (SFO) team pays a local company to take broken wood skids for recycling — which fills around six to eight 30-yard dumpsters a month.


Never comfortable, American is consistently looking for ways to further limit its environmental footprint.

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