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United Airlines launches first widebody pfreighter service to Atlanta

United Airlines (UAL) has launched its first widebody passenger freighter service to Atlanta's busiest passenger airport at the Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport, reports New York's FreightWaves

26 January 2021 - 19:00
United Airlines (UAL) has launched its first widebody passenger freighter service to Atlanta's busiest passenger airport at the Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport, reports New York's FreightWaves.

'By offering this route to our cargo customers, we're able to meet that demand, further extend our existing trucking network from both an import and export perspective, and service a wider area of the country,' said UAL spokeswoman Rachael Rivas.



The airline's schedule for January also includes three weekly no passenger flights from Frankfurt to Atlanta with Boeing 787 aircraft.



Delta operates passenger flights six to seven times a week between Frankfurt and Atlanta.



UAL has also embraced a cargo-only business model to take advantage of high shipping rates due to the Covid crisis.



The use of passenger planes as mini-freighters gives the airline the ability to keep generating revenue from aircraft that would usually sit passengers.



UAL has operated more than 9,000 cargo-only flights since March, while Delta has operated 2,000 flights so far.


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