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American Airlines celebrates 75th anniversary of its first cargo flight


American Airlines' long history within the cargo sector has been marked by industry firsts such as the first scheduled air cargo service in the world, the first pet carrier container, and the first unit load container (ULD).
Other milestones highlighted by the airline include winning several Cargo Airline of the Year Awards, a record-breaking 2018 year earning over US$1 billion in revenue, and more recently exceeding flown-as-booked (FAB) performance goals for 12 consecutive months.
The airline also highlighted its "loyal team members", some of whom hold as many as 50 years of experience working for the cargo operation, reports London's Air Cargo News.
"American continues to focus efforts on how to modernise, innovate and connect the world in better ways, and the airline is currently making its largest single investment in its cargo operation to date with a new IT infrastructure," the airline said.
"The first phase of the system went live on October 1 and provides an enhanced online booking platform, increased visibility around the world, and a robust back-end system that will further improve customer and employee experience."
American Airlines Cargo president, Rick Elieson, said: "From the DC-3s American Airlines flew in our early days to the modern, fuel efficient B777-300ERs and B787-9s in our fleet today, we are extremely proud of the history of this airline's cargo division.
"We've achieved a lot over the past 75 years. I'm proud to be part of an organisation that embraces innovation and I'm excited to see what we do next."

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