American Airlines timeline

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Posted: Nov 29, 2011 6:12 PM
American Airlines timeline

1930: American Airways is incorporated, including several small airmail contractors. Becomes American Airlines Inc. in 1934.

1939: American Airlines began trading on the New York Stock Exchange.

1942: American starts a catering business, Sky Chefs, for passenger meals.

1948: Coach service is introduced as an economical alternative.

1957: The American Airlines Stewardess College opens offering the world's first flight attendant training.

1959: American offers the first nonstop, coast-to-coast service, with the Boeing 707.

1970: American gets its first Caribbean routes by buying Trans Caribbean Airways.

1979: Airline undertakes major route expansion after de-regulation of the industry, moves headquarters from New York to Fort Worth, Texas.

1981: American introduces AAdvantage, the first frequent-flier program.

1982: The current AMR Corp. is formed.

Jan. 2001: American says it will buy the assets of Trans World Airlines (TWA).

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Sept. 11, 2001: Terrorist attacks include crashes of two American Airlines jets. A sharp travel downturn begins, eventually leading other major carriers to file for bankruptcy court protection.

2003: American narrowly avoids bankruptcy after workers agree to sharp pay cuts.

Nov. 29, 2011: American Airlines and parent AMR Corp. file for bankruptcy protection.

Source: American Airlines, AP archives.