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American MD-80s in the desert (Photo: AirlineGeeks | Ben Suskind)

Over the Boneyard: A Look Down at Roswell International Air Center

Roswell International Air Center is a public-use airport that serves the city of Roswell, N.M. It was previously known as Roswell Army International Airfield during World War II, and Walker Air Force Base during the Cold War. The base was previously known for a large presence of US Air Force Strategic Air Command, and the 1947 Roswell UFO incident. The base was closed and turned into the current airport on June 30, 1967. The current airfield covers 5,029 acres and…

American Begins Scheduled 787 Dreamliner Service in Philadelphia

On Tuesday, American Airlines began its first Boeing 787 Dreamliner routes out of its Philadelphia hub to the cities of Amsterdam, Zurich, Manchester, Chicago, and Dallas/Fort Worth with more to follow in the near future. That date also marks the opening of a 787 pilot base in the former carrier…

Inside American Airlines’ Gold Star Family Airlift to Disney World

Since 2006, American Airlines has partnered with the Gary Sinise Foundation to bring families that have lost members in combat together  Originally, the company operated charter flights to its Dallas/Fort Worth base where children were transported to the "North Pole," also known as hangar specially decorated for the holidays. Just…

Opinion: Why I Will Dearly Miss American’s ‘Super 80s’

Call me dramatic, perhaps a bit over-emotional, or nostalgic, but I am indeed in love with American’s long-time workhorse MD-80 fleet. While other airlines, including Delta, will continue to operate the type after American retires theirs on Wednesday, Sept. 4, there are many things that make AA’s ‘Super 80s’ stand…

American Makes First Foray into Africa, Adds Eastern Europe and…

It has been a busy week for American Airlines with regards to new routes. The carrier has just announced new international destinations including Casablanca, Krakow, Prague and Tel Aviv. American will become the only U.S. carrier to provide a nonstop service to Morocco when its route is finally open on…

American Makes First Foray into Africa, Adds Eastern Europe and…

It has been a busy week for American Airlines with regards to new routes. The carrier has just announced new international destinations including Casablanca, Krakow, Prague and Tel Aviv. American will become the only U.S. carrier to provide a nonstop service to Morocco when its route is finally open on…

Flying Onboard a Boeing 737 Full of Veterans to the…

Airlines often find ways to give back to their respective communities. It is certainly not uncommon to see a carrier donate a few thousand dollars to an aviation educational program or give back to a community in need. While some may be tax write-off or the idea from a public…

American Schedules Last MD-80 Revenue Flight

September 4 is going to be a date many of us will remember. That day American Airlines will retire its remaining 26 McDonnell Douglas MD-80 aircraft, ending a 37-year-long flying career. Unveiled by McDonnell Douglas in 1977 as an evolution of the DC-9-50, the MD-80 was nicknamed "Mad Dog" while…

Trip Report: Flying from Phoenix to Orlando and Back on…

American debuted its newest aircraft, the Airbus A321neo, into passenger service on Tuesday. The latest-generation narrowbody aircraft offers exceptional range, larger overhead bin space and, overall, a better passenger experience over previous-generation A320 family models. American became the third operator of the type in the U.S. after taking delivery back…

American Debuts A321neo into Passenger Service on Phoenix to Orlando…

Just over two months after taking delivery of its newest jet, American debuted its Airbus A321neo into passenger service on Tuesday. The inaugural flight for the next-generation aircraft operated between Phoenix and Orlando as flight AA682. This route will join a handful of others over the coming months as proving…