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American Airlines The AAdvantage Airline The stark silver carriers with the tri-color stripes are seen in airports around the world and though they may have a simplistic approach to their exterior American Airlines still remains one of the largest airlines in the world traveling to over 242 destinations in over 50 countries Oneworld 2003 The story of American Airlines parallels the history of Charles Lindbergh who was chief pilot for an aviation company based out of Missouri It was one of many companies that eventually consolidated to form American Airways which became American Airlines in 1934 That year saw CR Smith become president of American and on June 25 1936 American was the first airline to fly the Douglas DC-3 in commercial service On Feb 16 1937 American carried its one-millionth passenger History 2003 American Airlines could be called the airline of firsts as beyond being the first commercial service and nations number one airline carrier in the 1930s in 1957 it was the first airline in the world to maintain a flight training facility Besides setting milestones in training the airline was also one of the first to establish a VIP lounge Originally the aviation industry had very few strong advocates and CR Smith wanted to do something to show his appreciation so he created the Admirals Club which was for those individuals and friends of the airline that he called Admirals Not long after other airlines followed suit and nowadays the Admirals Club allows membership for anyone over the age of 18 and varying on their frequent flyer AAdvantage status According to the 2002 census there are approximately 3345 female pilots in the US aviation industry This total is out of an approximation of more than 30000 pilots in the industry Female Pilots 2003 American Airlines boasts 519 female pilots out of its approximate 11465 roster and at least 63 female captains from a total of 4962 Female Pilots The figures remain
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