AA Cargo extends express service to Caribbean

AA Cargo extends express service to Caribbean

American Airlines Cargo said it's in the final stages of rolling out its flight-specific Expeditefs service.

American recently began offering the service from eight Caribbean cities and will add its remaining Caribbean stations later this month. The carrier launched the service last year in the United States, Europe and Asia, and expanded it to South and Central America earlier this year.

Customers who use the premium service receive a guarantee that freight will be flown as booked. The service offers flight-specific booking, boarding priority and faster transit times, making faster transfers at American's gateways. In return, customers pay a premium ranging from 50 percent to 100 percent of the standard rate, said Mark Najarian, vice president-sales and marketing for American's cargo division.

"Our focus with the Expeditefs product has been on delivering speed and reliability in a guaranteed product, something our customers value," he said.

Najarian said the flight-specific service produced approximately $13 million in revenue for the carrier in the first 12 months following its inception in April 2002. The carrier hopes the service will eventually account for 15 percent of total cargo revenue. Najarian said American plans to extend it by offering flight-specific services tailored to particular industry sectors, such as pharmaceuticals and perishables.

Separately, American announced that it plans to begin non-stop service between its hub at Dallas/Fort Worth Airport and Buenos Aires on Nov. 1, following the award of those rights from the U.S. Department of Transportation.

American's southbound flights will operate on Mondays, Thursdays and Saturdays. The northbound flights from the Argentine capital will operate on Tuesdays, Fridays and Sundays. American will fly 767-300 aircraft on the route.

Dave Brooks, president of American's cargo division, said the route strengthens DFW's position as a gateway for shipments moving to and from Latin America from points in the western U.S., Asia and Mexico.