American Airlines Cargo tops JFK air freight tonnage

By Freddie Pierce
American Airlines Cargo (AA Cargo) tops the list of cargo carriers by tonnage at New York's JFK International Airport, according to data provided b...

American Airlines Cargo (AA Cargo) tops the list of cargo carriers by tonnage at New York's JFK International Airport, according to data provided by the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey. The airline handled more than 115,000 tons of cargo, which represents 9.1 percent of total cargo handled at the airport year-to-date through October 2011.

“American Airlines is proud to be the pacesetter in cargo handling at JFK,” said Art Torno, American Airlines Vice President - New York. “This growth can be attributed to our expansion at JFK and is part of our ongoing commitment to New York, a market we have proudly served for more than 80 years.”

JFK is one of the world's leading international air cargo centers. The airport has two cargo facilities and more than a million square feet of office and warehouse space dedicated to broker, freight forwarder and container freight station operators who do business within the New York/New Jersey region.

“American's recent investments in our cargo facilities at JFK further support our commitment to New York and its cornerstone role in our global network,” said Dave Brooks, President - American Airlines Cargo Division.

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AA Cargo relocated its cargo operations to Cargo Building 79 at JFK in 2010. The state-of-the-art facility offers the latest in streamlined handling capability with more than 135,000 square feet of warehouse space and 24 dock doors. The handling system can accommodate any type of aircraft unit and moves units at a rate of 60 feet per minute. Other features of the facility include three coolers for perishable products, an environmental room, and a live-animal handling area.

In other air freight news, AA Cargo recently introduced Expedite TC Passive, which supports ambient temperature control using cool rooms, expedited handling processes and high-visibility monitoring to ensure cargo is handled within desired temperature ranges. This new service is in addition to Expedite TC Active, which utilizes dry ice and battery-powered containers to regulate temperature levels, regardless of ambient conditions.

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Edited by Kevin Scarpati

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