American Airlines Cargo (AACargo) has broken its all-time record for freight volume, moving 115,349 pounds (or 52,321 kilograms) of soybean seeds on a flight from Argentina to the United States.
Although passenger flights aren’t currently operating between the two countries, the seeds were traveling on one of American’s cargo-only routes from Buenos Aires to Miami.
Lorena Sandoval, director of cargo cales for Mexico, the Caribbean and Latin America, commented: “We are proud to be a part of this important cycle that supports local farming and provides vital food and fuel for the global economy. Transporting record-breaking volume in the process is just icing on the cake.
“With reduced flight schedules due to covid-19, it’s more important than ever to maximize every inch of available cargo space. We’re here to support the world’s food supply, no matter what we face.”
AACargo has expanded its cargo-only schedule to 46 weekly flights, offering more than 6.5 million pounds of capacity to transport critical goods each week between the United States and Europe, Asia and Latin America.
The airline will continue to add to the number of cargo-only routes in the upcoming weeks, almost doubling its current weekly schedule. In addition to seeds, American continues to fly life-saving medical supplies and materials to the United States, including personal protective equipment and pharmaceuticals.