Paris, 16 April 2010
This week, American Airlines is celebrating the 25th anniversary since its entry into the French market.
On 11th April 1985, a DC10-30 took off from Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport to operate the companys first flight to France. On board this inaugural flight, the CEO of the company was accompanied by many VIPs, including an economic mission from Texas which was received at the American Embassy in Paris.
The following day, on April 12th, the first return flight from Orly to Dallas/Fort Worth took place. The DC10-30 was configured in three classes with 18 seats in First Class, 36 in Business Class and 180 in Economy Class. A buffet with champagne and an orchestra was organised in the departure lounge. All the passengers, which included journalists, were given a gift to commemorate this special occasion.
The first flight between Paris and Dallas/Fort Worth was quickly followed by others, reinforcing the presence and commitment of American Airlines to the French market. The company inaugurated a route between Orly and Chicago in 1986, followed by an Orly-New York route in 1987.
During the 1990s, American started two further new routes: Orly-Miami in 1992 and Orly-Boston in 1996.
France is currently the second largest European market for American Airlines behind the UK.
American Airlines remained based at Orly airport until 1st October 1999, the date on which it transferred all operations to Terminal 2A at Charles de Gaulle. Today, the company operates up to six flights a day to Boston (seasonal route), Chicago, Dallas/Fort Worth, Miami and New York JFK (two flights per day).
American Airlines remains the US airline with the greatest number of non-stop flights between Paris and the US.