For many businesses, same-day deliveries can seem like a logistical nightmare: your business or company needs to get an important package or document to your client as soon as possible, but the client might be hundreds, even thousands, of miles away.
On June 12, the process of same-day deliveries became expedited for many businesses looking to ship between American Airlines Cargo’s hub at Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport (DFW) and both Hong Kong (HKG) and Shanghai (PVG), according to a HandyShippingGuide.com article.
AA Cargo’s same-day service to and from Hong Kong is the first of its kind among U.S.-based airlines, the article reports. Shanghai’s airport is the world’s third-largest, and AA Cargo’s service route to and from the Chinese city marks the third gateway for American air carriers. These new routes will open up extensive trade opportunities for businesses, with access to new markets in Asia and South America, according to HandyShippingGuide.com.
“This is a major milestone for us. Building our presence in Asia is a key component of our long-term network strategy,” Jim Butler, President of American Airlines Cargo, said in a statement. “Including these two new routes, we’re now able to connect Asia to 68 different cities across Latin America, creating hundreds of routes where shipments can start and end their journeys.”
AA Cargo will use a Boeing 777-300ER to fly to and from Hong Kong, making this the first time American Airlines flies its flagship aircraft to Asia, according to USA Today. The Boeing 777-300ER can carry more passengers and cargo than any other aircraft in the airline’s fleet.
Stateside, Dallas officials remarked that the new route will help boost tourism and the local economy of the Dallas and Fort Worth area, the USA Today article reported.
“These new routes represent a tremendous opportunity for significant economic impact for our region,” Dallas Mayor Mike Rawlings said in a written statement. “Nonstop service has the potential to launch Dallas and Fort Worth into a new dimension of international business and cultural engagement.”
The routes to Shanghai and Hong Kong will expand travel opportunities for Americans, as well.
“As the Dallas/Fort Worth Metroplex continues its phenomenal growth, our reach continues to extend all over the world,” Fort Worth Mayor Betsy Price told the Wall Street Journal. “We’re thrilled to be able to offer this kind of international travel to our businesses and tourists alike, and we’re excited about the quality of travel American Airlines will offer.”