American Airlines Cargo has announced recent facility improvements in both San Juan (SJU) and Dallas/Fort Worth (DFW), which, according to the company, see some of the highest demand for time- and temperature-sensitive goods.
According to the announcement, the American Airlines Cargo DFW operation is expected to focus on increasing the amount of perishables transiting into and through the hub. A gateway for cargo transiting from Latin America to European and Asian destinations, DFW already moves a variety of perishable commodities, including produce.
This new drive-through perishable facility is almost 4,000 sq ft, which is an addition to the current 1,800 sq ft perishable and 800 sq ft pharmaceutical coolers at the DFW hub.
American Airlines Cargo has also invested in the expansion of its cold-chain network with a new 600 sq ft space in SJU—bringing total cooler space to 1,000 sq ft at this location. This facility is now expected to operate two separate, interchangeable units capable of housing temperature-sensitive products from 15 to 25 degrees Celsius or 2 to 8 degrees Celsius.
Russell Santiago, senior account manager, Cargo Sales – Caribbean, Mexico & Latin America, said of the announcement, “Having the ability to temporarily store pharmaceuticals in a dedicated location will allow us to offer customers increased opportunities into and through San Juan,” adding “Over the last couple years, we’ve seen an increase in cold-chain traffic into our station, which is consistent with growing market trends and an important sector in the air freight industry.”
Source: American Airlines Cargo