Mailing Address:4333 Amon Carter Blvd., Fort Worth, TX 76155
History:American Airlines, the world’s largest airline both in terms of revenue and capacity, is also one of the oldest existing US air carriers. Founded in 1930 as a consolidation of various small early airline companies such as Embry Riddle, Universal Air and Interstate, American Airlines was an early industry leader and innovator, flying the world’s first commercial DC-3 trip from Chicago to New York and later flying the first coast to coast jet service with the introduction of Boeing 707’s. In the pre-deregulation era, American’s growth was limited to North American service as US long-haul was the exclusive domain of Pan Am and TWA. However, post industry deregulation, American quickly grew to become the more global carrier it is today. In 1979 American moved its headquarters from New York to Dallas and there are still many ex-New Yorkers working down in the Southwest for American today. In 1981, American Airlines changed the landscape of airline marketing forever with the introduction of the first frequent flyer program which the called AAdvantage. Today, American Airlines has the distinction of not only being one of the surviving and enduring brands of US aviation but also one of very few major US airlines to have never filed for bankruptcy protection.
Major Hubs:Dallas, Chicago, Miami.
International Network Strengths:One of the largest networks to Latin America and the Caribbean. Significant trans-Atlantic service to key business destinations in Europe. Working to grow trans-Pacific service but still small to that part of the world.
Domestic Network Strengths:East-West routes including trans-continental flights as well as numerous connections via mid-continent hubs in Dallas, Chicago and St. Louis. Also, many key business routes to/from New York and other Northeast cities. Significant service to/from Florida.
Boeing MD-80 (S80)
ATR 72 – Super
ERJ – 145
ERJ – 140
ERJ – 135
Club/Lounge:Admirals Club. Locations at 37 airports worldwide
Useful phone numbers:
Admirals Club: 800-237-7971
AA Vacations: 800-321-2121
Automated Flight Information: 800-223-5436
Customer Service: Write to: American Airlines Customer Relations PO Box 619612, MD 2400 DFW Airport, TX 75261-9612 Fax to: (817) 967-4162
Frequent Flyer Program:AAdvantage (One World)
Earning Currency:Miles. Earn one mile for every flown mile. Also earn miles through numerous AAdvantage partnerships.
Popular Redemption Award Levels:
25,000 Miles Free domestic US round-trip (50,000 miles for any seat availability)
30,000 Miles Free round-trip to Caribbean (60,000 miles for any seat availability)
35,000 Miles Free round-trip to Hawaii (70,000 miles for any seat availability)
50,000 Miles Free round-trip to Europe (100,000 miles for any seat availability)
45,000 Miles Free domestic US round-trip (90,000 miles for any seat availability)
60,000 Miles Free round-trip to Caribbean (120,000 miles for any seat availability)
75,000 Miles Free round-trip to Hawaii (150,000 miles for any seat availability)
90,000 Miles Free round-trip to Europe (180,000 miles for any seat availability)
60,000 Miles Free domestic US round-trip (120,000 miles for any seat availability)
80,000 Miles Free round-trip to Caribbean (160,000 miles for any seat availability)
95,000 Miles Free round-trip to Hawaii (190,000 miles for any seat availability)
125,000 Miles Free round-trip to Europe (250,000 miles for any seat availability)
Elite levels:Gold 25,000 miles/qualifying points (or 30 segments) in calendar year Platinum 50,000 miles/qualifying points (or 60 segments) in calendar year Executive Platinum 100,000 miles/qualifying points (100 segments) in calendar year.
Mileage Expiration Policy:AAdvantage miles don’t expire as long as member has any mileage accrual or award redemption in the program at least once every 36 months.
Co-Branded Credit Card:Citibank AAdvantage Mastercard Consumer and Small Business Cards American Express Business ExtrAA Corporate Card
American has announced a renewed focus on the New York market, with increased service, new routes and the promise of on-going market specific offers and promotions throughout 2007. New routes include non-stop service from JFK to Las Vegas (9/05/07) and LaGuardia to Cincinnati (4/10/07), Louisville (9/5/07) and Raleigh/Durham (4/10/07). American has announced new service from Chicago O’Hare International Airport to Moscow’s Domodedovo International Airport starting June 2, 2008. The new Moscow service will use the carrier's 767-300 jet aircraft will economy tickets priced around $1300.
The Carrier is in the midst of upgrading seats and entertainment in its International First and Business Class Cabins. New, fully adjustable lie flat Business Class seats with improved personal video and audio entertainment devices are being installed throughout the 767-300 fleet throughout 2007. American is also upgrading the First Class with state of the art pod-like seat units that convert into a lie flat bed for long haul flights. Industry buzz says that these First Class seating areas are some of the best in the industry for comfort and convenience in-flight.
Every American Airlines employee received stock options in return for wage givebacks in 2003 that have since soared as much as tenfold in value. That should create a smile when they next greet you on board! · American Airlines bought Eastern’s Latin American routes in 1989, which is why American has so much service to South and Central America today.