American Airlines

major airline of the United States

American Airlines, Inc. (AA) is the largest airline of the United States.[9] It is based in Fort Worth[10] It was founded in 1930 with the name American Airways. 82 small airlines were combined in 1930 to form American.[11] In 1934, the name was officially changed to American Airlines. American was the first airline to have computerized reservations, a frequent-flyer program and an airline lounge.[12][13] In 1999, American helped start Oneworld.[14] In 2001, American bought TWA. In 2011, American filed for bankruptcy. American was combined with US Airways in 2013.[15] In 2016, American will introduce a new no-frills fare. This is to compete with many low-cost carriers.[16]

American Airlines, Inc.
IATA ICAO Callsign
FoundedApril 15, 1926; 98 years ago (1926-04-15) (earliest predecessor airline as American Airways, Inc.)
Chicago, Illinois, United States[3]
Commenced operationsJune 25, 1936 (1936-06-25)[3]
AOC #AALA025A[4]
Focus citiesNew York City, Chicago, Los Angeles, Dallas
Frequent-flyer programAAdvantage
Fleet size956 (mainline)[5]
Company slogan
  • "You Are Why We Fly”
Parent companyAmerican Airlines Group
HeadquartersSkyView, Fort Worth, Texas, United States
Key people
Employees122,300 (May 2017)[8]

Accidents and incidents (only 5 listed)



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  2. "7340.2F with Change 1 and Change 2 and Change 3" (PDF). Federal Aviation Administration. October 15, 2015. pp. 3–1–18. Retrieved December 27, 2016.
  3. 3.0 3.1 "History of American Airlines". American Airlines Inc. 2015. Retrieved June 30, 2015.
  4. "Airline Certificate Information – Detail View". Federal Aviation Administration. May 12, 2015. Archived from the original on July 13, 2015. Retrieved January 17, 2019. Certificate Number AALA025A
  5. "American Airlines Fleet Details and History". January 3, 2017. Retrieved January 5, 2017.
  6. "About us". American Airlines. Retrieved November 29, 2017.
  7. "Leadership bios". American Airlines. Archived from the original on June 25, 2020. Retrieved October 14, 2023. {{cite web}}: Check |url= value (help)
  8. "Oneworld at a glance". Oneworld. November 2015. Retrieved December 28, 2015.
  9. "The biggest airline has the biggest profit". Dallas News. January 27, 2015.
  10. "Federal Aviation Administration - Airline Certificate Information - Detail View". Archived from the original on February 22, 2019. Retrieved July 9, 2008.
  11. "American Airlines: Flight Schedule, Aircraft Types".
  12. Roberts, Kathleen (November 1, 2013). "Airline Reservation Systems History 101".[permanent dead link]
  14. "Home Page - oneworld".
  15. "US Airways Brand Goes the Way of TWA, Pan Am and So Many More". Skift. April 8, 2015. Archived from the original on September 19, 2020. Retrieved February 11, 2019.
  16. "American Airlines Plan for 'No Frills' Ticket Is Good News for Fliers". NBC News.

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