American Airlines has transported one of the largest consignments of seeds from Argentina to the US.

The US-based carrier shipped around 115,349lbs (52,321kg) of soybean seeds on a Boeing 777-300 from Buenos Aires to Miami Airport.

According to the company, this is the largest freight volume ever carried by a cargo flight of the airline.

The move comes in a time when passenger operations between the two countries are currently suspended due to the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic.

Covid-19 Report — Updated twice a week Understanding the Covid-19 outbreak, the economic impact and implications for specific sectors

Covid-19 executive briefing report cover

Our parent business intelligence company

Usually, the shipping of soybean and corn seeds runs from March to May each year. American Airlines has been part of this initiative for more than a decade.

In the last few weeks, the carrier has shipped more than 290t of seeds.

American Airlines Mexico, the Caribbean and Latin America Cargo Sales director Lorena Sandoval: “We are proud to be a part of this important cycle that supports local farming and provides vital food and fuel for the global economy. Transporting record-breaking volume in the process is just icing on the cake.

“With reduced flight schedules due to Covid-19, it’s more important than ever to maximise every inch of available cargo space. We’re here to support the world’s food supply, no matter what we face.”

Currently, American Airlines is operating a cargo-only schedule of 46 weekly flights.

It plans to increase the number of cargo-only routes in the following weeks.

In addition, the airline is also involved in transporting life-saving medical supplies and materials to the US.