FORT WORTH, Texas, April 30, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- American Airlines Cargo has been recognized as "Best Cargo Airline in The Americas" for the fifth consecutive year by readers of Air Cargo News – a leading London-based publication serving the international logistics industry. In this year's Cargo Airline of the Year award poll, more than 25,000 votes were cast by supply chain professionals for their preferred global providers. Voting in the 29th annual competition was audited by UK-based British International Freight Association (BIFA).
The trophy was presented at a gala dinner held in London on April 28 to Tristan Koch, American's Managing Director – Cargo Sales for the Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA) region, who accepted the award on behalf of the airline.
"This is a truly remarkable achievement and a testament to the drive and commitment of our cargo teams around the world," said Koch. "To win in the previous four years was a great honor. But to win this fifth award against a difficult market background for our company demonstrates that both our products and our teams are truly valued by the international air cargo community."
"Recognition from our customers is the highest form of honor," said Dave Brooks, President – American Airlines Cargo. "I commend our staff, at each AA Cargo location around the world, for an extraordinary commitment to serving our customers well. The award inspires us to continue raising the bar to deliver industry-leading products and service for our customers."
American has expanded its investments in the cargo business in recent years, including infrastructure, fleet renewal and an expanded global network. In addition, the cargo business is aided by the airline's focus on its five hub cities in the United States – which effectively serve as international cargo gateways to Asia, Europe and Latin America.
For the past year, the Cargo division has been strengthening ties with Japan Airlines as part of American's joint business with the Asian carrier. The partnership is providing streamlined network connections between the two airlines, with coordinated product features which provide seamless handling, as well as shipment tracking.
To serve the rapidly growing demand of pharmaceutical companies for temperature-controlled shipping solutions, the airline has recently invested in "cold-chain" infrastructure and extensive training around the world. These investments support American's industry-leading handling practices, which facilitate the maintenance of prescribed temperature ranges during shipping.
About American Airlines Cargo
American Airlines Cargo(SM), a division of American Airlines, Inc., provides more than 100 million pounds of weekly cargo lift capacity to major cities in the United States, Europe, Canada, Mexico, the Caribbean, Latin America and Asia. American provides one of the largest cargo networks in the world, with cargo terminals and interline connections available across the globe.
About American Airlines
American Airlines, American Eagle and the AmericanConnection® carrier serve 260 airports in more than 50 countries and territories with, on average, more than 3,300 daily flights. The combined network fleet numbers more than 900 aircraft. American's award-winning website, AA.com®, provides users with easy access to check and book fares, plus personalized news, information and travel offers. American Airlines is a founding member of the oneworld® alliance, which brings together some of the best and biggest names in the airline business, enabling them to offer their customers more services and benefits than any airline can provide on its own. Together, its members and members-elect serve more than 900 destinations with more than 10,000 daily flights to 149 countries and territories. American Airlines, Inc. and American Eagle Airlines, Inc. are subsidiaries of AMR Corporation. AmericanAirlines, American Eagle, AmericanConnection, AA.com, and AAdvantage are trademarks of American Airlines, Inc. AMR Corporation common stock trades under the symbol "AAMRQ" on the OTCQB marketplace, operated by OTC Markets Group.
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