Today marks another milestone in American Airlines’ 85 years in aviation history. The Federal Aviation Administration will approve American Airlines and US Airways to operate under one license (refer to news release) which will mark the end of the approval process for the merger between the two airlines started more than 18 months ago.
American Airlines (AA) headquartered in Fort Worth, Texas, US, was founded in 1930 under the name American Airways Company by consolidating 82 smaller airlines through acquisitions and reorganizations. By 1933, American Airways operated a transcontinental route network serving 72 cities, mostly in the northeastern, midwestern, and southwestern United States.
The airline was acquired by E. L. Cord in 1934 who renamed it American Airlines. The first person to run the new company was C. R. Smith who worked at Donald Douglas in the development of DC-3. As a launch customer of this aircraft in 1936, AA became the first customer to operate a profitable route solely by transporting passengers (instead of a combination of passengers, freight and US Mail).
AA called the DC-3 aircraft “Flagships” and created the world’s first airport lounge at New York LaGuardia Airport (LGA) in 1939 (refer to our coverage in this post).