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American Airlines Celebrates 80 Years of Service to Mexico

This month American Airlines is celebrating 80 years of service to Mexico. The carrier’s inaugural DC-3 flight from Dallas to Mexico City, with an interim stop in Monterrey to refuel, took place in 1942.


American Airlines DC-3 Inaugural Departure From Mexico City in September 1942 - Courtesy American Airlines

On Monday (September 12, 2022), American Airlines announced that this month they are celebrating 80 years of service to Mexico. In 1942, the carrier’s inaugural DC-3 flight between Dallas and Mexico City, via Monterrey for refueling, took place. Mexico was American’s second international destination following the launch of service to Toronto, Canada in 1941. With more than 500 weekly flights to 27 cities, Mexico is now American Airlines’ largest international destination. The carrier currently offers service to Acapulco, Aguascalientes, Cancún, Chihuahua, Mexico City, Cozumel, Culiacan, Durango, Guadalajara, Hermosillo, Huatulco, La Paz, León, Loreto, Mazatlán, Mérida, Monterrey, Morelia, Oaxaca, Puerto Vallarta, Querétaro, San José del Cabo, San Luis Potosi, Torreon, Zacatecas, along with seasonal service to Zihuatanejo and Manzanillo.


In Monday’s announcement, American Airlines’ Vice President – International, José A. Freig, said,


“As the leading U.S. airline in Mexico, we are proud to celebrate 80 years of connecting our two countries, offering our customers an unbeatable network and the highest level of service. It’s important we recognize and thank our Mexico-based team members for their outstanding work leading American’s largest international operation during a year of record growth for us in the country.”

American Airlines Route Map to Mexico City, September 1942 - Courtesy American Airlines


American has over 1,100 Mexico-based team members, the carrier’s largest employee group outside of the U.S. Operations include two Reservations offices in Mexico City and Monterrey, four Ticket Sales Centers in Mexico City, Monterrey, Guadalajara, and León, as well as an Admirals Club at Benito Juárez International Airport in Mexico City. American Airlines had record growth in Mexico in 2022, with a capacity increase of over 40 percent compared to 2019. This year the carrier operated more strategic routes to Mexico with larger aircraft, and also added new flying such as Austin to Cozumel. From November 2022, American is also launching new service to New York from both Mexico City and Monterrey.


American Airlines Celebrates 80 Years of Service to Mexico - Infographic Courtesy of American Airlines

American Airlines’ purpose is to “Care for People on Life’s Journey.” Shares in the American Airlines Group, Inc., trade on NASDAQ under the ticker symbol AAL and the company’s stock is included in the S&P 500.



Source: American Airlines