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Milestone: American Airlines Celebrates 90 Years of Aviation



Today, American Airlines celebrates 90 years of leading the world of commercial aviation, connecting families, businesses and cultures around the globe.


American’s long, proud history began on the morning of April 15, 1926, when legendary aviator Charles A. Lindbergh, the chief pilot of Robertson Aircraft Corporation, stowed a bag of mail in his DH-4 biplane and took off from Chicago, headed to St. Louis.


Nine decades later, Robertson is counted as one of the many airlines that would eventually make up what is now the world’s largest carrier – American Airlines.


“American is 100,000 strong and innovating every day in large and small ways. Working in this industry is a noble profession, and working for American is a special calling,” said Doug Parker, American’s Chairman and CEO. “It has been a terrific 90 years for our airline and our best days lie ahead.”


To celebrate American’s 90th birthday, customers on American Airlines flight 90 from Chicago O’Hare to London Heathrow will enjoy a special sendoff celebration.


The cockpit crew will display a flag with the original American Airlines logo out the aircraft window on taxi out, in honor of an old tradition at American.


Passengers on flight 90 will receive a very special treat from Chicago’s world famous Garrett Popcorn Shops® and a commemorative photo album.


Throughout the day, American’s employees will join the birthday celebration with festivities at airports around the world.


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