Take your business to new heights
American Airlines is committed to working with a diverse group of suppliers to provide you with best-in-class products and services. Through our Supplier Diversity Program, we build relationships with small businesses as well as minority, women, LGBTQ, disability, veteran and service-disabled veteran-owned companies that perform to the industry’s highest standards.
A message from our CEO
“American is committed to creating a more inclusive and diverse supplier base that represents team members and customers from all backgrounds. Diversity is woven into the fabric of who we are as a company and is critical to our success. We encourage new and established businesses to engage with our Supplier Diversity Program, and we look forward to the opportunity to partner with them."
– Robert Isom, Chief Executive Officer
Supplier diversity process
Corporate Certified Program
To qualify as a diverse supplier in our Corporate Certified Program, your company must be certified by a valid council or government agency every year. To become certified, your company must be at least 51% owned, operated and controlled by one of these groups:
- Minority (Black, Asian American and Pacific Islander, Hispanic, Native American)
- Service-disabled veteran
Small Business Program
To qualify in our Small Business Program, your company must meet the North American Industry Classifications Systems (NAICS) standards for small businesses. This includes being at least 51% owned, operated and controlled by a member of one of these groups:
- Small Business
- Small Disadvantaged Business (SDB)
- Federal HUBZone (HUBZN) - requires certification by the Small Business Administration (SBA)
- Veteran-Owned Small Business (VOSB)
- Service Disabled Veteran-owned Small Business (SDVOB)
- Women-Owned Small Business (WOSB)
Examples of certifying agencies
- Small Business Administration (SBA) Opens another site in a new window that may not meet accessibility guidelines
- National Minority Supplier Development Council (NMSDC) Opens another site in a new window that may not meet accessibility guidelines
- Women's Business Enterprise National Council (WBENC) Opens another site in a new window that may not meet accessibility guidelines
- National LGBTQ Chamber of Commerce (NGLCC) Opens another site in a new window that may not meet accessibility guidelines
- Disability:IN Opens another site in a new window that may not meet accessibility guidelines
- National Veteran-Owned Business Association (NaVOBA) Opens another site in a new window that may not meet accessibility guidelines
- Advertising and marketing
- Aircraft amenities and products
- Aircraft catering
- Airport services
- Aircraft food and beverage
- Aircraft maintenance, repair and parts
- Cargo handling services
- Environmental services
- Facilities maintenance
- Fuel and fueling services
- Ground service equipment and maintenance
- HR staffing and professional services
- IT – Hardware, software, SaaS and related
- IT – Cloud infrastructure and hosting
- IT – Staffing and professional services
- Lodging and transportation
- Print services
- Professional services
How to register
If you're interested in doing business with American and meet the qualifications of either program, you must register your business in our Supplier Diversity Database. This database helps our procurement teams identify and engage with small and diverse-owned businesses*.
Your company will receive a confirmation email after registration is complete.
For more information, reach out to the Supplier Diversity team.
*Inclusion in our database does not guarantee your company will be awarded a contract from American.
Silver Spoon Desserts
Tamara Turner founded Silver Spoon Desserts in her Aurora, Illinois, home. She poured all her focus and energy into pursuing her passion and along the way created opportunities for her children and her community. Years later, an opportunity to expand her business when American came knocking, and Turner’s growth took flight into her very own 16,000-square-foot Chicago facility and a platform to reach dessert lovers around the world. The bundt cakes are available in domestic premium cabins on flights between 900 and 1,499 miles.