American Airlines Celebrates Silver Anniversary to Hawaii

FORT WORTH, Texas, Dec. 21 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ — American Airlines says, “mahalo Hawaii,” for providing such a great destination for our passengers over the past 25 years.

On Dec. 17, 1980, flights from New York, Chicago, and Dallas/Fort Worth stopped in Los Angeles as a waypoint for American Airlines’ inaugural service to Honolulu, Hawaii. The Boeing 747 and McDonnell Douglas DC-10 flights were timed to provide convenient connections for regional cities from their originating cities, and connecting flights were even added from Los Angeles to Las Vegas, so travelers could stop off in Las Vegas on their way to or from Honolulu.

From three daily one-stops to Oahu in 1980, American’s service has grown to 16 non-stop roundtrips to four Hawaiian destinations from four mainland cities today. American added service to Kahului (Maui) in 1984, Kona (Hawaii) in 2001, and Lihue (Kauai) in 2002. Oahu and Maui have nonstop flights from Los Angeles, Chicago O’Hare, Dallas/Fort Worth, and San Francisco. Hawaii and Kauai are served nonstop from Los Angeles.

“American’s presence has continued to grow in the past 25 years to include service to Oahu, Maui, Hawaii, and Kauai,” said Michael Nozaki, American’s General Manager of Hawaii Operations. “Our employees take pride on being an integral part of the local community.”

American now serves Hawaiian destinations with modern and efficient Boeing 757s and 767s sporting first and coach classes. American also codeshares on Hawaiian Airlines inter-island flights between Honolulu and Lihue/Hilo/Kona/Maui; between Maui and Lihue/Honolulu; and between Lihue and Hilo/Kona.

AmericanAirlines Vacations offers vacation packages and special offers to Hawaii. For more information on current vacation package special offers, visit http://www.aa.com/AAVacations . American also offers AAdvantage(R) First Class and Economy Class AAdvantage Awards to Hawaii — a popular award destination.

After 25 years, Hawaii, we’re just getting started. Mahalo nui loa — thank you very much.

About American Airlines

American Airlines is the world’s largest airline. American, American Eagle and AmericanConnection(R) serve 250 cities in over 40 countries with more than 3,900 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(SM) 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 more than 600 destinations in over 135 countries and territories. American Airlines, Inc. and American Eagle Airlines, Inc. are subsidiaries of AMR Corporation (NYSE:AMR) . AmericanAirlines, American Eagle, AmericanConnection, AA.com and AAdvantage are registered trademarks of American Airlines, Inc.

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