American Airlines was created from a conglomeration of 82 small airlines in 1930 and was the common brand used by a number of independent carriers for a time.
American originally stayed afloat through carrying U.S. Mail.
By 1933 American had a network serving 72 cities.
After World War II American acquired American Export Airlines, renaming it American Overseas Airways, and serving Europe.
American has shown its dedication to innovation over time, hiring the first female pilot in 1973 and was among the first to use a computer reservation system and a frequent flyer program.
Today American is a major U.S. airline with an extensive route network, offering flights to North America, South America, Europe, Asia, and the Caribbean.
The airline operates an average of 6,700 flights per day to approximately 350 destinations in 59 countries.
American Airlines is #121 on the Fortune 500, has 118,500 employees, and had $40.990 billion in revenue in 2015.