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Background: The Airline Deregulation Act took effect of December 1, 1978. The main purpose of the Act was to remove government control from commercial aviation and expose the passenger airline industry to market forces. This Act changed the face of civil aviation in the US. Air Mail would continue to be carried by Air Carriers but the old system of CAM and FAM routes would evolve into Air Mail flown by individual US airlines to both domestic and foreign destinations.

American Airlines had developed from a conglomeration of 82 small airlines companies through a series of corporate acquisitions and reorganizations. On January 25, 1930 American Airways was incorporated as a single company. American operated its routes with all-metal Fokker Tri-motors and Ford Tri-motors. In 1934 American began flying Curtiss Condor biplanes fitted with sleeping berths.

        The Condor carried air mail and accommodated 15-18 passengers in the ultimate of airline comfort. In 1934, American Airways Company slipped into financial straits and was acquired by corporate raider, Errett Lobban Cord, who renamed the company "American Airlines." Early in its history, American was headquartered at Midway Airport in Chicago IL. On June 25, 1936, American was the first airline to fly the Douglas DC-3 in commercial service. By the end of the decade, American was the nation's number one domestic air carrier in terms of revenue passenger miles. On Feb. 16, 1937, American carried its one-millionth passenger. AA was awarded AM-56 and on July 15, 1941 began flight service between Buffalo NY and Toronto Canada.

Boeing 727

AA-D1W 790120 Salt Lake City UT American Airlines ML Jeffries $200.00
AA-D1Wf 790120 Salt Lake City UT American Airlines ML Jeffries $200.00

AA-D3N 790120 San Juan PR American Airlines HE Schleicher $200.00

AA-D15W 790120 Cleveland OH American Airlines JT Benson $200.00


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