With Americans being told not to travel abroad, and non-residents who have been in Europe over the past 14 days not permitted to travel to the U.S., American Airlines has reduced its transatlantic and transpacific flying to three routes total.
However supply chains matter as much – probably more – than ever before, as anyone who has tried to get toilet paper in the last week can probably attest.
American Airlines which shares that their planes have brought COVID-19 test kits to Chicago, will be running their first scheduled ‘cargo only’ flights since 1984 when they retired their last Boeing 747.
They’ll operate two Boeing 777-300ER trips Dallas Fort Worth – Frankfurt – Dallas Fort Worth over the course of four days.
The first cargo-only flight departs from Dallas Fort Worth International Airport (DFW) tomorrow, March 20, landing at Frankfurt Airport (FRA) March 21. The Boeing 777-300 will operate two round trips between DFW and FRA over the course of four days, carrying only cargo and necessary flight personnel.
American expects the 777s to be loaded to capacity with cargo, transporting 400,000 pounds in total of “medical supplies, mail for active U.S. military, telecommunications equipment and electronics that will support people working from home, and e-commerce packages.”
Moving goods around the world is as crucial as ever – even more so as we watch the world slip into a recession as governments put their economies intentionally on life support to prevent the spread of disease. Keeping supply chains moving will help people stuck at home, people in need of medical assistance, and people whose jobs depend on commerce.