Delta launches scheduled cargo-only flights US-Europe

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With ongoing passenger belly capacity constraints, Delta Cargo is strategically adding cargo capacity in Spain, Ireland and Germany.

Delta launched cargo-only flights between the US, Europe, and India on 1 November to help meet customer demand.

The carrier is operating daily cargo-only flights between New York-JFK and Madrid utilising B767-400 aircraft providing customers with capacity to ship fashion goods to the US ahead of the holiday season.

In addition, there is a three-times-weekly cargo-only flight between New York-JFK and Dublin that is operated by an A330-300, as well as cargo-only flights operating between New York-JFK and Atlanta to Mumbai, via Frankfurt, using A330-200/300 aircraft. These aircraft are used to carry essential pharmaceuticals, vaccines, medical supplies, and general cargo.

“Given the travel constraints within Europe, we are strategically adding cargo capacity in Spain, Ireland, and Germany to support overall passenger and cargo growth,” says Shawn Cole, Delta’s vice president – Cargo. “There is high demand for pharmaceutical shipments from India because of the COVID-19 pandemic, and this cargo solution ensures we can keep vital supply chains moving to the United States.”

Delta Cargo launched a cargo charter operation in March to provide safe and reliable transportation of goods around the globe by working primarily with Delta’s established logistics partners.

Delta dispatched idled aircraft on cargo runs to transport millions of kilograms of supplies quickly and safely. Delta has operated over 1,600 cargo charter flights since February and is now averaging more than 20 cargo-only flights globally each week, carrying medical and PPE equipment, pharmaceuticals, US mail, home office supplies, and food.

Delta Cargo annually flies 421,000 tonnes of cargo around the world, including pharmaceutical supplies, fresh flowers, produce, e-commerce, global mail, and heavy machinery.


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