American Airlines Overview
Founded in 1930, American Airlines was formed via the union of multiple small regional airlines and was the first airline to turn a profit based only on commercial passenger service. Like its early beginning, mergers and acquisitions have played a key role in American Airlines’s history and growth as an airline. In 2001, facing financial troubles, TWA (Trans World Airlines) was acquired by the American Airlines Group in a move to help grow American’s international route map and service. More recently, in 2011, American Airlines found itself as the airline facing financial troubles after its parent company filed for bankruptcy protection. This situation led to the 2013 proposal for a merger with US Airways. After some debate, the American Airlines name was chosen to live on because of its brand carrying stronger clout internationally. The merger between these two US-based airlines completed in 2015 created not only the largest airline in the United States but also the world. Read More
Headquartered in Fort Worth, TX, American Airlines offers over 6,700 flights per day to around 350 destinations spread out over more than 50 countries. American Airlines operates out of a hub-and-spoke system running out of ten major American airports: Charlotte (CLT), Chicago (ORD), Dallas/Ft. Worth (DFW), Los Angeles (LAX), Miami (MIA), New York (JFK), New York (LGA), Philadelphia (PHL), Phoenix (PHX), and Washington D.C. (DCA).
In May 1981, American Airlines was the first major carrier to launch a frequent flyer loyalty program. Titled, AAdvantage, it remains the most extensive loyalty program in the world with over 70 million members. American is also a founding member of the Oneworld Alliance, which launched in February 1999. The Oneworld alliance consists of 13 member airlines including British Airways, Cathay Pacific, Qantas, and LATAM, which serve nearly 1,000 airports in more than 155 countries. In addition to its Oneworld membership, American Airlines also offers code-shared operated flights with non-alliance partner airlines such as Alaska, Etihad, and Hawaiian Airlines.
As of April 2018, the American Airlines Group has the largest commercial fleet in the world with 950 aircraft in operation.
Frequent Flyer Program:
American Airlines Baggage Fees
US and Canada
Mexico, Caribbean, and Central America
Rest of World
$30-$60 for Basic Economy to/from Europe, North Africa, and South America; FREE for Main Cabin and everywhere else
FREE Transpacific; $100 Europe/North Africa; $0-$100 elsewhere
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