American Airlines celebrates today its 90th anniversary, the company is one of the leader airlines of commercial aviation, connecting businesses, cultures, and the most important, families around the globe. It has been 90 years since Charles A. Lindbergh – the chief pilot of Robertson Aircraft Corporation – on the morning of April 15th, 1926 stowed a bag of mail in his DH-4 biplane and took off from Chicago 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.
Customers on American Airlines flight 90 from Chicago O’Hare to London Heathrow enjoyed a special send off celebration. The cockpit crew displayed a flag with the original American Airlines logo out the aircraft window on taxi out, in honor of an old tradition at American. The placement of the flags bearing the company logo was unique to the “Flagship Fleet” of the airline. The pennant location and the placement of the passenger door on the American Airlines DC3s were located on the right side of the aircraft. Passengers and spectators at the terminal could readily watch the ceremonial placement of the flag at the aircraft’s arrival.
In order to celebrate this date, customers on the flight 90 received a very special treat from Chicago’s world famous Garrett Popcorn Shops and a commemorative photo album.
At airports around the world, American’s employees joined the birthday celebration with festivities.
American’s history as a commercial aviation pioneer has continued since Lindbergh’s first flight. American was the first airline to introduce nonstop transcontinental travel in 1953 and the first airline to hire an African American commercial pilot, Dave Harris, in 1964. The company invented loyalty programs when it introduced AAdvantage in 1981, and American merged with US Airways to regain its place as the world’s largest carrier in 2013.