Cargo is big business for American Airlines at LAX

A few weeks ago, I wrote a post highlighting the top air cargo operators at Los Angeles International Airport. FedEx was No. 1 – as most people might expect – but the second biggest cargo carrier surprised a bunch of readers. It was American Airlines. (UPS has a relatively small operation at LAX, preferring to fly into other area airports.)

Some readers were so skeptical of the data that I agreed to contact American to confirm. Jeff Plant, American’s managing director for LAX, told me in an email that American does in fact have a vibrant cargo operation here.

Here are some facts he shared:

  • American has a 60,000 square-foot cargo facility at the airport staffed 24 hours a day, seven days per week.
  • Cargo is sent domestically and to many destinations abroad, including Europe, Latin America, Japan, China, South Korea and Australia.
  • Common cargo includes:  perishables, pharmaceuticals, machine parts, live animals, international mail and human remains (!!!) 

According to the American Cargo website, the division has annual revenues of $669 million, serves 260 airports worldwide and has 1,100 employees. Worldwide, American transports more than 100 million pounds of cargo every week.

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