Happy 90th Birthday, American Airlines!
The Fort Worth-based carrier is celebrating 90 years of flying as it dates the beginning of the company’s history to an air mail flight flown by Charles Lindbergh for Robertson Aircraft Corp. on April 15, 1926.
The flight started in Chicago and left for St. Louis. Lindbergh stowed a bag of mail in his DH-4 bi-plane on the trip. Robertson Aircraft Corp. was one of several small air mail service carriers that joined together to create what is now American Airlines.
“Working in this industry is a noble profession, and working for American is a special calling,” said American CEO Doug Parker in a statment on Friday. “It has been a terrific 90 years for our airline and our best days lie ahead.”
To commemorate its birthday, passengers on American’s flight 90 from Chicago O’Hare to London Heathrow will receive a treat from Chicago’s Garrett Popcorn Shops and celebratory photo album. The cockpit crew of the flight will alos display a flag with the original American Airlines logo out of the aircraft window as it taxis to the runway.
The carrier is encouraging employees and customers to join in the birthday festivites and post to social media using #HBDAmerican.