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Virus Spurs American Air’s First Cargo-Only Flights in 36 Years

  • Carrier to make Frankfurt flights as passenger demand dries up
  • Wide-bodies to ferry mail, medical items, work-at-home goods
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Photographer: Patrick T. Fallon/Bloomberg

American Airlines Group Inc. is shifting some of its biggest idled jets to ferry just cargo -- the carrier’s first flights without passengers in nearly four decades.

The Boeing Co. 777-300s will fly medical supplies, military mail, e-commerce packages and high-demand office equipment as more people work from home, the airline said in a statement. The wide-body flights begin Friday, with two round trips over four days between Frankfurt and the airline’s home base at Dallas-Fort Worth airport.