American Airlines Cargo and DHL Express Deliver Steaks and Holiday Cheer to U.S. Troops in Afghanistan

American Airlines Cargo and DHL Express Deliver Steaks and Holiday Cheer to U.S. Troops in Afghanistan

Plantation, Fla. and Fort Worth, Texas – December 2, 2009 – In the true spirit of giving, American Airlines Cargo and DHL Express, the world’s leading express delivery and logistics company, recently partnered to deliver premium steak dinners to U.S. troops based in Afghanistan. Working together, AA Cargo and DHL Express transported more than 5,000 steaks for troops to enjoy during the holiday season.

American supplied DHL Express with temperature-controlled containers – utilizing its new ExpediteTC(SM) service – which allows for the long-range transportation of perishable goods. DHL Express then transported the American Airlines Cargo containers to U.S. armed forces based in Afghanistan through its dedicated air network. In addition, 2,500 pounds of Dallas Cowboys football jerseys and other sports apparel, donated by the Cowboys, were provided to the troops.

“Through our ongoing partnership, we have been able to pool our resources – working through the complicated logistics of transporting supplies to remote areas of Afghanistan,” said Dave Brooks, President – AA Cargo. “We extend special thanks to DHL Express for their very generous support and cooperation, not only on this mission, but on other missions in which we have partnered with great success.”

“As specialists in international shipping, we’re proud to leverage our extensive global network in support of our brave U.S. servicemen and women to deliver this much-deserved taste of home,” said Red Alexander, Vice President of Aviation, DHL Express. “The logistics of getting freshly-frozen food product to a war-zone in a desert environment is astounding, and as a company that is known for its ability to deliver to the most remote areas of the world, it’s an honor to leverage DHL’s expertise for such a worthy mission.”

In July, American Airlines employees raised money through the “Kick-Start a Dream” program to purchase more than 1,100 soccer balls to send to U.S. Marines in Afghanistan. The Marines handed out the soccer balls to children in Afghanistan, which helped in the troops’ mission to further their goodwill in the country. DHL Express and AA Cargo coordinated the complex shipping details to ensure the balls reached the Marines.

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About DHL Express
DHL Express is the international shipping and logistics expert. Its U. S. A. operations focus exclusively on import and export services to and from the U.S. market to more than 220 countries and territories worldwide through its unparalleled global network, catering to companies that operate globally and require fast, reliable international shipping services. With more than 40 years of international shipping experience and 46 state-of-the-art hubs around the world from Shanghai to Cincinnati, approximately 95% of U.S. inbound shipments are cleared on the day of arrival, where regulations permit.

About American Airlines Cargo
American Airlines CargoSM, a division of American Airlines, Inc., provides more than 100 million pounds of weekly cargo lift capacity to major cities in the United States, Europe, Canada, Mexico, the Caribbean, Latin America and Asia. American, American Eagle and the AmericanConnection regional airlines serve more than 250 cities in over 40 countries with more than 3,400 daily flights. The combined network fleet numbers more than 900 aircraft. American provides one of the largest cargo networks in the world, with cargo terminals and interline connections available across the globe.