We already brought you part one of our list of 15 things you probably did not know about American Airlines, and now we’re back with part two! Check out eight more fascinating facts about the wildly popular airline that you definitely (probably) did not know below. You might be surprised by what you find out!
Number Eight: American Airlines Owned the World’s First Airline Lounge
Lounges are now quite popular in airports as a way for members to relax without the stressed out crowds so often seen in airports. AA was the first to create such a lounge, and it did so at New York’s LaGuardia airport. The lounge was known as the Admirals Club.
Number Seven: It Offered its Planes to Filmmakers for Free
Though renting planes for films now comes with a steep price, AA lent one of their planes to producers for the 1951 film Three Guys Named Mike. It also provided advertising for the film.
Number Six: It Was the First Airline to Use Electronic Booking
Though most airline customers book their flights online today, it didn’t used to be that way. AA was the world’s first airline to launch an electronic booking program, which it called Sabre.
Number Five: It Used the Same Logo for Nearly 50 Years
American Airlines’ iconic eagle logo was introduced in 1967 and was designed by Vignelli Associated. The airline used the logo all the way until 2013.
Number Four: It Hired a Female Pilot Before Any Other Major Airline
It’s true! AA was the first major airline to hire a female pilot. Her name was Bonnie Tiburzi.
Number Three: Its Current Headquarters Comprise More Than One Million Square Feet
AA’s headquarters are located in Texas, and the headquarters are comprised of two large office buildings. Together, the buildings contain about 1.4 million square feet and require over 4,000 employees to maintain it.
Number Two: It’s Environmentally Conscious
Airlines need a lot of water to operate. To prevent water waste, American airlines recycles water for washing planes, rinsing tanks, and irrigation. Since 2002, the airline’s decision to do this has saved them over one million dollars.
Number One: It’s Gone Through Nearly 20 Different Slogans
That’s a lot of catchy lines! The airline’s first slogan was “America’s Leading Airline,” and its current one is “Going for great.” We hope you enjoyed our list of 15 things you didn’t know about American Airlines!