American Airlines: 15 Things You Didn’t Know (Part 1)

American Airlines is one of the most popular airlines that people use to travel both domestically and internationally. However, despite the fact that the airline has spent a considerable amount of time in the spotlight and under the scrutiny of the public eye, there are still some things that many people don’t know. With that in mind, here we present our list of 15 things you probably didn’t know about American Airlines. Check out part one below, and stay tuned for part two, coming soon!

Number Fifteen: American Airlines Gets the Bulk of Its Business From Fliers Who Travel Once a Year

You might think the airline would earn the most money from its business-related travelers who jet-set all over, but that’s not actually the case. In reality, the airline earns 50 percent of its revenue from people who fly once a year or less.

Number Fourteen: Its Biggest Competitor Isn’t What You’d Expect

Though airlines like Delta and United are big names like American, the truth is that the airline’s biggest competition is Spirit Airlines. This is because Spirit offers similar routes at equal or lower prices and non-stop options.

Number Thirteen: It’s Catering to its Customers on a Budget

In late 2015, an American Airlines president Scott Kirby announced that the airline was working on an option for its customer base on the smallest budget. Like Delta’s “Basic Economy” option, this will most likely involve a choice to pay a lower price than Coach but without the option of seat assignment or upgrades.

Number Twelve: It’s the World’s Largest Airline

It’s true! In terms of fleet size and revenue, AA it the largest airline in the world. It’s also the second largest airline in the world in terms of destinations served – the first is United.

Number Eleven: It Came From 82 Separate Airlines

The airline was created in 1930, and it came about from a conglomeration of 82 other airlines. It has since undergone several more mergings, and its most recent was with U.S. Airways.

Number Ten: It Was the First to Fly the DC-3

The DC-3 was a plane developed by C.R. Smith and Donald Douglas under the Douglas Aircraft Company. The plane itself is a fixed-wing propeller-driven plane and the first time it was used by AA was in 1936.

Number Nine: American Airlines Was the First Airline to Profit From People

When the airline was first created, it solely transported mail (just like other airlines at the time). However, AA was the first to profit from carrying passengers without any mail. Stay tuned for part two of our list of 15 things you didn’t know about American Airlines, coming soon!