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American Airlines Cargo expands its temperature-controlled network 11 March 2016

Investing in and improving on current infrastructures will continue

American Airlines Cargo continues to invest in its global network in support of the increasing demand for both pharmaceutical and perishable goods across the world. Most recent facility improvements include those in both San Juan (SJU) and Dallas/Fort Worth (DFW), which see some of the highest demand for time- and temperature-sensitive goods.

From fresh fruit and meat to potentially life-saving medications, the safe and timely transport of pharmaceutical and perishable cargo remains a top priority for American’s Cargo operation. As demand for these goods continues to grow worldwide, investing in and improving on current infrastructures will also continue.

This year, American’s DFW operation will focus on increasing the amount of perishables transiting into and through the hub. An important gateway for cargo transiting from Latin America to European and Asian destinations, DFW moves a variety of perishable commodities, including produce, most frequently, asparagus and berries, Chilean salmon and fresh cut flowers.

This new drive-through perishable facility is almost 370 m2, which is an addition to the current 167 m2 perishable and 74 m2 pharmaceutical coolers at the DFW hub.

In response to the increasing demand for pharmaceutical goods in the Latin America region, American has also invested in the expansion of its cold-chain network with a new 55 m2 space in SJU, bringing total cooler space to 93 m2 at this location. This facility will now operate two separate, interchangeable units capable of housing temperature-sensitive products from 15 to 25 degrees Celsius or 2 to 8 degrees Celsius. American Airlines is the only carrier at SJU with both refrigerated storage and Controlled Room Temperature (CRT) spaces dedicated to pharmaceutical goods.

On average, the pharmaceutical market is growing at a rate of 6.5% annually, leading to the corresponding need for pharmaceutical logistics and regulations. The most common commodities that move into and out of San Juan include over-the-counter and prescription medicines, as well as Active Pharmaceutical Ingredients (API), used for the manufacturing of medications.