American Airlines is one of the most popular airlines that people use to travel both domestically and internationally. However, despite the fact that the airline has spent a considerable amount of time in the spotlight and under the scrutiny of the public eye, there are still some things that many people don’t know. With that in mind, here PPcorn presents a list of 15 facts you probably didn’t know about American Airlines.
Number 15: American Airlines Gets the Bulk of Its Business From Fliers Who Travel Once a Year
You might think the airline would earn the most money from its business-related travelers who jet-set all over, but that’s not actually the case. In reality, the airline earns 50 percent of its revenue from people who fly once a year or less.
Number 14: Its Biggest Competitor Isn’t What You’d Expect
Though airlines like Delta and United are big names like American, the truth is that the airline’s biggest competition is Spirit Airlines. This is because Spirit offers similar routes at equal or lower prices and non-stop options.
Number 13: It’s Catering to its Customers on a Budget
In late 2015, an American Airlines president Scott Kirby announced that the airline was working on an option for its customer base on the smallest budget. Like Delta’s “Basic Economy” option, this will most likely involve a choice to pay a lower price than Coach but without the option of seat assignment or upgrades.
Number 12: It’s the World’s Largest Airline
It’s true! In terms of fleet size and revenue, AA it the largest airline in the world. It’s also the second largest airline in the world in terms of destinations served – the first is United.
Number 11: It Came From 82 Separate Airlines
The airline was created in 1930, and it came about from a conglomeration of 82 other airlines. It has since undergone several more mergings, and its most recent was with U.S. Airways.
Number 10: It Was the First to Fly the DC-3
The DC-3 was a plane developed by C.R. Smith and Donald Douglas under the Douglas Aircraft Company. The plane itself is a fixed-wing propeller-driven plane and the first time it was used by AA was in 1936.
Number 9: American Airlines Was the First Airline to Profit From People
When the airline was first created, it solely transported mail (just like other airlines at the time). However, AA was the first to profit from carrying passengers without any mail.
Number 8: American Airlines Owned the World’s First Airline Lounge
Lounges are now quite popular in airports as a way for members to relax without the stressed out crowds so often seen in airports. AA was the first to create such a lounge, and it did so at New York’s LaGuardia airport. The lounge was known as the Admirals Club.
Number 7: It Offered its Planes to Filmmakers for Free
Though renting planes for films now comes with a steep price, AA lent one of their planes to producers for the 1951 film Three Guys Named Mike. It also provided advertising for the film.
Number 6: It Was the First Airline to Use Electronic Booking
Though most airline customers book their flights online today, it didn’t used to be that way. AA was the world’s first airline to launch an electronic booking program, which it called Sabre.
Number 5: It Used the Same Logo for Nearly 50 Years
American Airlines’ iconic eagle logo was introduced in 1967 and was designed by Vignelli Associated. The airline used the logo all the way until 2013.
Number 4: It Hired a Female Pilot Before Any Other Major Airline
It’s true! AA was the first major airline to hire a female pilot. Her name was Bonnie Tiburzi.
Number 3: Its Current Headquarters Comprise More Than One Million Square Feet
AA’s headquarters are located in Texas, and the headquarters are comprised of two large office buildings. Together, the buildings contain about 1.4 million square feet and require over 4,000 employees to maintain it.
Number 2: It’s Environmentally Conscious
Airlines need a lot of water to operate. To prevent water waste, American airlines recycles water for washing planes, rinsing tanks, and irrigation. Since 2002, the airline’s decision to do this has saved them over one million dollars.
Number 1: It’s Gone Through Nearly 20 Different Slogans
That’s a lot of catchy lines! The airline’s first slogan was “America’s Leading Airline,” and its current one is “Going for great.” We hope you enjoyed our list of 15 interesting facts you didn’t know about American Airlines!