AMERICAN Airlines () has become the first US passenger carrier to begin cargo service in Cuba, reports London's Loadstar.
is already the leading US airline in Cuba, with nine daily flights to five places there, including flights between MIA and HAV, Holguin (HOG), Santa Clara (SNU), Varadero (VRA) and Camaguey (CMW), and between CLT and HAV.
The airline now offers mail service, including correspondence, parcels and express mail, into and out of Jose Marti International Airport (HAV) in Havana.
Havana is American's principal destination from the US with one daily fight from Charlotte Douglas International Airport (CLT) and four daily flights from Miami International Airport (MIA) scheduled to increase to five daily flights in October.
The MIA flights are operated with Boeing 737-800 aircraft and the CLT flight is operated with the Airbus A319.
'As the leading US carrier to Cuba we are excited to launch cargo service to the island,' said cargo vice president David Vance.
'Our teams on the ground in the US and in Cuba have worked hard to make this a reality. This new service will benefit families in both countries.'