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1973 - American Airlines is the first major airline to hire a female pilot – Bonnie Tiburzi.
1986 - American Airlines Pilot Beverley Bass becomes the first female captain for a major airline.
1987 - The first ever all female flight crew staffed American Airlines Flight 417.
1999 - The first female pilot hired becomes the first female pilot to retire from a major airline. Capt. Bonnie Tiburzi retires after 26 years of service.
2002 - Capt. Esther Horn becomes the first female pilot ever to retire from American Airlines at age 60.
Total number of pilots – Approximately 8,200 (excluding those on Military Leave - 7,917)
Total female pilots – 314 (308)
Total number of captains – 3,559
Total female captains – 54
Total number of U.S. commercial pilots – More than 123,705
Total number of female U.S. commercial pilots – Approximately 8,175