American Airlines is a major North American airline and global leader in passenger aviation. Since the company's first flight in 1936, American Airlines has established itself as the world's largest airline by measure of fleet size, number of passengers carried, passenger miles flown, and number of destinations served. Headquartered in Fort Worth, Texas, Dallas/Fort Worth is the largest hub of the airline's 10 hubs located across the United States.
Spanning 55 countries and five continents, American Airlines flies to 95 international destinations and 95 domestic destinations. As of June 2020, it will be one of the few airlines in the world that flies to six continents, with the launch of their Philadelphia to Casablanca route.
Including the regional service American Eagle, the airline handles over 500,000 passengers per day on nearly 7000 flights to 350 destinations. That's 200 million passengers per year. With the largest commercial fleet in the world, American Airlines operates 940 aircraft including Airbus, Boeing, and Embraer carriers.
Quality onboard service is what American Airlines is known for. The Airline Passenger Experience Association (APEX) gave it five stars. As a founding member of the OneWorld alliance, the third largest alliance in the world, American Airlines belongs to a network of prominent global airlines including British Airways, Cathay Pacific, and Qatar Airways. The American Airlines’ frequent flyer program, AAdvantage, is the largest in the world with over 67 million members.
American Airlines offers Business Class and a range of economy options to suit your needs. First Class cabins are also available on domestic and short-haul flights. Economy Main Cabin seating has a 30 to 32-inch pitch, while Main Cabin Extra and Premium Economy offer extra legroom. Business and First Class passengers can stretch out in fully lie-flat seating.
Enjoy complimentary meals, snacks, and soft drinks on all services, plus free alcoholic beverages with Premium Economy, Business , and First Class bookings. Business and First Class passengers are treated to chef-inspired multi-course meals, paired with award-winning wines.
WiFi is available to all passengers: for free for Premium Economy, Business, and First Class seats, as well as for purchase for economy passengers. Inflight entertainment is free for all passengers, delivered via the entertainment streaming library on the American Airlines app on your phone or tablet, no WiFi purchase needed. AC and USB power points are available for charging devices.
American Airlines currently hosts Flagship Lounges at five airports: New York-JFK, Chicago-O'Hare, Miami International, Los Angeles, and Dallas/Fort Worth, with two more planned for Philadelphia and London-Heathrow.
Online check-in opens 24 hours before the scheduled time of departure, and closes 45 mins prior to departure for domestic flights and 90 minutes for international. American Airlines recommends arriving at the airport at least 90 minutes before your domestic flight departs and 2 hours before international departures. Check-in at some airports closes earlier than others, so be sure to check your itinerary.
Baggage allowances vary depending on route and fare, as well as on AAdvantage and OneWorld miles and membership status. All passengers may take one personal item, such as a laptop bag or a handbag, on board in addition to their carry-on luggage.
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Booking extra or oversized luggage online in advance will save you money and time at the airport. Oversized sports equipment or musical instruments that do not exceed the maximum dimension of 320 cm (length + width + height), may be booked for the standard extra baggage fee. Smaller instruments may be taken on board as your carry-on item, however, take note of the aircraft overhead cabin dimensions before you fly to ensure it will fit.
If you're traveling with infants or children, there are many ways American Airlines can make your journey smoother. A collapsible stroller may be brought on board the cabin and non-collapsible strollers can be checked, free of charge. Children under two may share a seat with an adult and infant bassinets are available to provide greater comfort for you and your baby.