American Airlines Celebrates 50 Years at Dallas Fort Worth International Airport

by Anthony Losanno

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Fifty years ago this month, American Airlines served the first commercial flight at Dallas Fort Worth International Airport (DFW). A lot has changed since then and the airport has become American’s largest hub with nonstop flights to over 240 destinations worldwide.


In 1979, American Airlines moved its corporate headquarters from New York to Fort Worth. Years of growth have fueled the operation to its current massive size with 35,000 employees and an annual contribution of nearly $43 billion to the state’s economy. And, American plans to keep going at DFW. In May 2023, the carrier signed a new 10-year lease and agreed to nearly $5 billion in investments. Planned terminal expansions will deliver 24 additional gates in the future as well as multiple updates to the existing facilities.

Jim Moses, American’s Senior Vice President of DFW Hub Operations, said:
DFW is the cornerstone of American’s global operation, and we’re proud of the growth and investment that comes with a legacy of five decades and counting. As we celebrate this milestone, we are grateful for strong ties with our partners at the airport, throughout the community and in the region, as well as the leadership of visionaries in Dallas and Fort Worth who had the foresight to unite two cities with a world-class airport fifty years ago.”
American has announced further routes coming this summer including:
  • Josep Tarradellas Barcelona-El Prat Airport (BCN)
  • Redmond Municipal Airport (RDM)
  • Aeropuerto Internacional de Tulum Felipe Carrillo Puerto (TQO)

Anthony’s Take: Happy Birthday to American’s largest hub. It’s come a long way from flight AA1341 way back on January 13, 1974.

(Image Credits: American Airlines.)

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