Inaugural Dallas/Fort Worth - London Gatwick Flight Launched A New Era in International Travel for American
It was May 19, 1982, when American Airlines Flight 50 departed Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport (DFW) for the first time, bound for London's Gatwick Airport. That day, American's Boeing 747 touched down and pulled up to the gate at Gatwick approximately nine hours later to complete the first nonstop American Airlines flight from the United States to London.
Today such flights are routine, but on that spring day 25 years ago AA Flight 50 marked the beginning of a new era in international travel for American -- and an expanding world of possibilities for its customers.
"The past 25 years have seen incredible growth in American's international network, which now spans four continents," said Dan Garton, American's Executive Vice President -- Marketing. "As we mark this anniversary, American not only offers 19 daily flights from U.S. cities to London's Gatwick and Heathrow airports, but we provide service to some 250 cities in over 40 countries with more than 4,000 daily flights."
American offers six nonstop roundtrip flights each business day between New York JFK and London's Heathrow Airport. All are operated with Boeing 777 aircraft, the largest in American's fleet. In addition, American has five daily roundtrips between Heathrow from Chicago, two each from Boston and Los Angeles and one from Miami. American also has three daily roundtrips to and from London Gatwick Airport, two of them from Dallas-Fort Worth and one from Raleigh-Durham.
"Our extensive network and schedule means we can provide the access and frequency business customers need when traveling among the world's major financial centers," Garton said. "And business and leisure travelers alike appreciate the flexibility, as well as ready access to so many top vacation and resort destinations."
Garton said the oneworld® Alliance has been another key factor in strengthening American's global reach.
"American is a founding member of oneworld, which brings together some of the top names in the airline industry," Garton noted. "We and our fellow oneworld Alliance member airlines now serve nearly 700 destinations in more than 140 countries and territories.
"It's a pleasure to salute this important event in American's history and to express our thanks and congratulations to our employees and customers who support and sustain our Gatwick and Heathrow service."
About American Airlines
American Airlines is the world's largest airline. American, American Eagle and the AmericanConnection® airlines serve 250 cities in over 40 countries with more than 4,000 daily flights. The combined network fleet numbers more than 1,000 aircraft. American's award-winning Web site, AA.com, provides users with easy access to check and book fares, plus personalized news, information and travel offers. American Airlines is a founding member of the oneworld® Alliance, which brings together some of the best and biggest names in the airline business, enabling them to offer their customers more services and benefits than any airline can provide on its own. Together, its members serve nearly 700 destinations in over 140 countries and territories. American Airlines, Inc. and American Eagle Airlines, Inc. are subsidiaries of AMR Corporation. AmericanAirlines, American Eagle, AmericanConnection, AA.com and AAdvantage are registered trademarks of American Airlines, Inc. .
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