Founded: January 25, 1930 (as American Airways) (from a conglomerate of several small airlines (Souther Air Transport in Texas, Southern Air Fast Express in western U.S. Universal Aviation in the Midwest, Thompson Aeronautical Services (Detroit-Cleveland) and Colonial Air Transport in the Northeast))
Headquarters: 4333 Amon Carter Boulevard, Fort Worth, TX 76155
1934: American Airways, Inc becomes American Airlines, Inc.
1934: May 13: Cyrus Rowlett Smith becomes President of American Airlines
1936: June 25: American was the first Airline to fly the Douglas DC-3
1937: February 16: American carried it’s one-millionth customer
1939: June 10: American Airlines begins trading on the New York Stock Exchange
1942: American enter the airline catering with a subsidiary called Sky Chefs
1944: American introduced the first domestic scheduled U.S. freight service with the DC-3
1946: American established its Tulsa Maintenance & Engineering Base
1947: American’s first Douglas DC-6
1948: the Convair 240
1948: American introduced the Family Fare Plan and introduced schedule coach service
1949: American had become the only airline in the United States with a completely post-war fleet of pressurized passenger airplanes
1952: American introduced the Magnetronic Reservisor to keep track of available seats on flights
1953: American pioneered non-stop transcontinental service in both directions across the United States with the Douglas DC-7
1957: The World’s first special facility for flight attendant training, the American Airlines Stewardess College, was built in Dallas/Fort Worth
1959: January 25: American became the first airline to offer coast-to-coast jet service with the Boeing 707
1959: January: American introduced the Lockheed Electra, the first U.S. designed turboprop airplane
1959: American teamed up with IBM to establish SABRE (Semi-Automated Business Research Environment)
1961: Introduction of the turbofan engine
1962: Convair 990
1964: the SABRE network extends from coast-to-coast and from Canada to Mexico
1964: Boeing 727 added
1966: Boeing 747 added
1966: December: American’s last piston airplane flight was operated with a DC-6
1968: C. R. Smith becomes Secretary of Commerce
1968: American was the first to order the McDonnell Douglas DC-10
1970: American acquired Caribbean routes through a merger with Trans Caribbean Airways
1971: August: DC-10 made its first schedule flight
1974: American introduced One-Stop-Automated Check-in
1974: February: Albert V. Casey was elected president and chief executive officer
1974: April: Albert V. Casey assumed the position of the chairman of the board
1974: November: American’s first Boeing 747 freighter
1975: Acquired other Caribbean routes from Pan American World Airways Inc
1975: American began marketing SABRE to travel agencies in the U.S.
1977: April 24: American introduced the Super Saver (initially from New York and California)
1978: Airline deregulation
1978: March: the Super Saver was expanded to all of American’s routes
1979: American moved it’s headquarters from New York City to Dallas/Fort Worth
1979: January: American launched a major route expansion
1980: Robert L. Crandall was elected president and chief operating officer
1981: American introduced the AADVANTAGE awards program and the AAirpass
1981: June 11: American establishes its Dallas/Fort Worth hub
1981: August: American had retired all of the Boeing 707 fleet
1982: American’s first 767, it 500 millionth customer and its Chicago Hub
1982: April: American began interchange with Alaska Airlines linking Anchorage and Fairbanks with Houston and DFW
1982: May: Service between London’s Gatwick Airport and DFW
1982: May 19: Stockholders approve a plan for reorganization, AMR corporation was formed which became the parent company of American Airlines
1983: American added the McDonnell-Douglas MD-80 (Super 80) and announced agreement with Pan American World Airways to exchange Boeing 747s for Pan Am’s McDonnell-Douglas DC-10s
1983: December 12: AMR was formed as a subsidiary to provide aviation services to other airlines
1984: American introduced American Eagle
1984: American retired it 747 cargo freighter fleet
1985: Al Casey retired and Robert Crandall became chairman and chief executive officer of AMR corporation and American Airlines, Ultimate Super Savers was introduce and Senior SAAVers club, American introduced second-day door-to-door delivery freight service using passenger aircraft
1985: more than 10,000 travel agency offices were using SABRE for travel reservation
1986: American’s Employees topped 50,000, sold its Sky Chefs subsidiary and acquired Air California (Air Cal)
1986: April: American’s Nashville Hub
1986: November: American’s San Juan Hub
1987: American had completed an underground facility in Tulsa, OK to house SABRE computer equipment, SABRE became available via personal computer
1988: Same day Service (freight), American acquires the Airbus A300-600ER and the opening of a reservation office in Raleigh/Durham NC
1989: American’s first Boeing 757 in service, American began construction on its second major maintenance base at Alliance Airport in Fort Worth, Ground broken in Fort Worth for AMR’s corporate headquarters
1989: September 13: American opens its seventh hub in Miami
1990: Ground was broken for expansion of American’s facilities at DFW airport, an expansion of the Pilot-training facilities at American’s Flight Academy in the headquarters complex, a new reservation center at Tucson. a new State-of-the-art System Operations Control (SOC) center opened. American’s premiere international service, International Flagship Service, was introduced. A San Juan reservations center opened and American expanded its Latin American service with routes acquired from Eastern Airline. American’s long-time president C.R. Smith died at 90.
1991: American flew its billionth passenger, expanded its European routes, opened its western reservation office in Tucson, took delivery of its first McDonnell-Douglas MD-11 and Fokker 100 aircraft
1992: American introduced Value Pricing but was forced to abandon it as it proved unfeasible, a new subsidiary, AMR Consulting Group was created. American introduced American Flagship Service. American also expanded it European flights with Berlin and Paris
1992: January 16: American opened the Alliance Maintenance and Engineering Base at Fort Worth’s Alliance Airport
1993: AMR formed the SABRE Technology Group, it included: AMR Information Service (AMRIS), SABRE Travel Information Network (STIN), SABRE Computer Service (SCS), SABRE Development Services (SDS) and AMR Project Consulting and Risk Assessment Units.
1993: July: AMR Consulting Group expanded into the AMR Training and Consulting Group
1993: July 3: the American Airlines C.R. Smith Museum opened its headquarters in Fort Worth
1994: American launched its first non-smoking transatlantic flight
1994: April: American signed a comprehensive service agreement with Canadian Airlines International to provide access to state-of-the-art airline administrative services and computer technology
1994: May: American added additional routes to London
1994: October: American launched its First Call
1994: November: Canadian Airlines successfully converted AMR computer systems
1995: Donald J. Carty became president of AMR Airline Group and American Airlines. American announced its World Wide Web site.
1996: AMR announced SABRE filing for Initial Public Offering (IPO), the beginning of making SABRE its own company. American added in-flight laptop computer capabilities and announced it would equip certain aircraft with defibrillators
1996: September: American launches AAccess ticketless travel and AAcess boarding.
1997: American Airlines became non-smoking, introduced stickerless upgrades. the first airline to expand ticketless travel to all transatlantic flights. American introduced the College SAAver program
1998: American announced the addition of defibrillators to all of its aircraft and said American Eagle would acquire small regional jets. American announced plans for a new Dallas reservation center. American announced the acquisition of Reno Air and American Eagle’s acquisition of Business Express.
1998: May 20: Donald J. Carty became chairman, president and chief executive officer of AMR Corporation and American Airlines, Inc. upon the retirement of Robert Crandall
1998: September 21: American and four other airlines announced a new customer-driven global alliance-oneworldTM-launching a multi-million dollar program designed to raise the standard of global air travel
1999: American dedicated the new terminal B facilities at DFW, and announced plans to build a new terminal at New York’s JFK Airport. American introduced the Boeing 777 and the 737-800. American completed the installation of defibrillators on all its aircraft. American became the first airline to offer DVD in-flight video players on schedule flights. American began its expansion of its West Coast Service. American Eagle opened a new terminal at Los Angeles and took delivery of its first 37-seat Embraer ERJ-135.
1999: February 1: the new global alliance took off
1999: March: American Eagles completes its acquisition of Business Express.
1999: August 31: Reno Air was fully intergrated
1999: November: broke ground at JFK Airport for a new terminal
2000: AMR completed the spin-off of SABRE into its own company. American announced plans to renovate terminal B at Boston’s Logan Airport. American announced the addition of fully flat Flagship Suite seating for its Boeing 777. American named Alliance as the “maintenance home” for its 777 fleet
2000: February: American announced More Room Throughout Coach
2000: March: American received the CIO Magazine’s 2000 Web Business 50/50 Award for its AA.com web site
2001: American Eagle accepted delivery of 15 44-seat regional jets (ERJ-140) manufactured by Embaer of Brazil. American announced plans to accelerate retirement of 36 aircraft: 19 DC-9s, 12 Boeing 727s, 4 MD-11 and one Fokker 100. American Airlines was recognized by the state of California EPA’s 2001 Governor’s Environmental and Economic Leadership Awards Program.
2001: January: American’s first aircraft featuring bigger overhead storage. American announced that it had agreed to purchase substantially all the assets of Trans World Airlines, Inc.
2001: April: American completed acquisition of TWA’s assets. American opened new Admirals Club and Lounge facilities at DFW Airport in memory of Special Service employee Walter Henry Hagen.
2001: October: American announced that will accelerate construction of its new $1.3 billion terminal at New York’s JFK Airport
2002: April: American began daily nonstop Boeing 777 service between New York JFK and Tokyo
2002: April 2: Gerard J. Arpey was elected President and Chief Operating Officer of American Arilines
2002: April 30: American operated its final Boeing 727 flight
2002: May: American was name to DiversityInc.com’s annual list of top 50 company for Diversity, coming 15th, the only airline to make the list
2002: August 1: American officially dedicated it $300 million improvement project at Los Angeles International Airport’s Terminal 4
2002: September 25: American announced its innovative EveryFare Program.
2003: April 24: Edward A. Brennan was named Executive Chairman of AMR Corporation and Gerard J. Arpey become Chief Executive Officer and President of AMR
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