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Founded in 1930, American Airlines offers services to over 250 destinations around the world and is a SkyTrax 3-star airline. American Airlines among the world’s largest airlines. Its hubs are Dallas/Fort Worth, John F Kennedy, Miami International and O’Hare airports. American Airlines is part of the One World alliance and also has codeshare agreements with Gulf Air, Etihad Airways, WestJet and several other airlines. American Airlines planes can be recognized by the distinctive silver finish with a blue, white, and red riband running the length of the aircraft and the company’s AA logo on the tail.

Ticketing and Check-in Information

Four easy options for check-in:

Airport Counter Check-in: Check-in for your flight in the most conventional manner by stopping by the American Airlines counter at the airport.

Next Day or Advance Check-in: This option allows you to save time and check-in for your flight up to 24 hours in advance of your departure time via the internet. To check-in online, visit their online check-in page. After checking-in, you can print out your boarding pass and proceed directly to the security gates if you aren't checking any baggage. If you have to check baggage be sure to stop by the American Airlines counter. This service is not available for all flights, please see the online check-in page above for full details.

Electronic Kiosk Check-in: For those who want to bypass the lines at the counter on busy travel days, American Airlines offers check-in services for passengers via electronic kiosks. Typically, these kiosks contain American Airlines signage on them and are located near their check-in counters.

Curbside Check-in: For those who don't want to struggle with heavy bags, American Airlines offers a curbside check-in service at some US airports including O'Hare and Dallas/Fort Worth. A full list of airports providing this service can be found at the their Curbside Check-in page.

Baggage Information & Restrictions

Checked Luggage Restrictions

American Airlines Airplane
For those traveling Economy Class you will be allowed 1-2 items of checked baggage, not exceeding 23-30 kg per piece and with dimensions (L + W + H) not totaling more than 157 cm. Charges are payable for checked luggage in some instances, and on some flights there is a total weight allowance combining checked and carry-on baggage. Economy Class baggage allowance varies based on your destination. For a full breakdown of checked baggage allowance based on destination, and potential fees associated with baggage, please visit the Baggage Allowance Page.

For those traveling Business or First Class, the baggage allowances are the same as for economy class, although the charges are different. Please visit the Baggage Allowance Page for further information.

Carry-On Baggage Restrictions for American Airlines

You are allowed to carry 1 piece of baggage with you on the flight at no extra charge. The maximum weight for carry-on baggage must not exceed 18 kg, with a total dimension (L + W + H) of 112 cm.

If you are traveling with an infant, you are entitled to an additional diaper bag and a collapsible stroller.

Travelers may also take items for personal use into the cabin including laptops, cameras, purses, mp3 players, food, pillows, etc. For the complete list of allowed carry-on and personal items, please visit their Baggage Restrictions Page.

Special Luggage Requirements

American Airlines allows passengers to take some non-traditional traveling items with them to their destinations including camping equipment, javelins and musical instruments. For more information on traveling with these special items, visit the Baggage Allowance Page.

Seating Options

American Airlines offers 3 options for seating on their flights:

Economy Class

Economy class seating on American Airlines has a distance of 31-32 inches between seats. Seating varies depending on the aircraft but many seats have 6-way adjustable headrests, seatback screens for entertainment purposes, and adjustable tables.

Business Class

Business class seating on American Airlines has a distance of 59 inches between seats. Precise seat details vary greatly between flights, but on international flights the seats are generally motorized and some can be converted into lie flat seats. They also have privacy dividers, personal screens and extra storage space.

First Class

First class seating on American Airlines has a distance of 89 inches between seats. Seats in the international Flagship Suite on the Boeing 777 aircraft are swivel seats and convert into 6 foot 6 inch lie flat beds. Extra storage is available, and personal entertainment screens are provided. Personal reading lights, satellite telephones and powerport connections are also available at every seat.

Traveling with Pets

Don't forget Boomer!

Flying with your pets can be a safe and fun experience if airline rules and regulations are followed. Live pets can only be transported to countries where the regulations of the country permit, and subject to the terms and conditions specified by that country. Pets can often travel on flights with you in the cabin, in the hold as checked baggage, or in the hold, as cargo. See Traveling with Pets.

In-Flight Service, Beverages, and Meals

Dependant on the flight, and type of aircraft, passengers are offered a wide variety of food, beverage and entertainment options.

Economy Class offers a selection of audio and visual entertainment including movies, audio and television programs, although not all flights are audio/visual equipped. On shorter flights headphones are available to purchase for a small fee, using credit or debit cards only as the flights are cashless, and on longer flights the headphones are complimentary. Meal and drink options vary considerably between flights. On domestic flights, a variety of meals, snacks and beverages can be purchased. Non alcoholic beverages are complimentary and alcoholic beverages can be purchased. On longer international flights a choice of meals is available, and special meals can be ordered in advance.

Business Class offers a selection of audio and visual entertainment including movies, audio and television programs on all audio/visual equipped flights. Headphones are provided free of charge and, depending on the flight, may be noise canceling headsets. The style of screen varies between flights but if available, they will be individual screens. Meal and drink options vary considerably but are complimentary. The meals and wines are often tailored to the destination and special menus can be pre-ordered. A full selection of complimentary alcoholic and non alcoholic drinks can be purchased.

First Class offers a selection of audio and visual entertainment on personal screens including movies, audio and television programs on all audio/visual equipped flights. Complimentary noise canceling headsets are provided. Meal and drink options vary considerably, depending on the flight, but a selection of fine dining menus, fine wines and beverages are provided. The menus are designed by top chefs and often reflect the route being taken.


American Airlines operates a fleet consisting of Boeing and McDonnell Douglas airplanes. Their fleet consists of Boeing 737, 757, 767 and 777 and MD82 and MD83 aircraft.

Lounge: Admirals Club Lounge, Flagship Lounge

Admirals Club Lounges and Flagship Lounges are both official airport lounges of American Airlines. Admirals Club Lounges are fully operational in 39 cities, including Paris, Chicago, New York, London and Frankfurt. Flagship lounges are now fully operational in 5 airports including Miami and Los Angeles.

Access to Admirals Club lounges is available to Admirals Club members, business and first class passengers on American Airlines and One World alliance flights, as well as One World Sapphire and Emerald members. Flagship lounge access is available to first class American Airlines and One World passengers, and One World Sapphire members. Full information on lounge access can be found on the Lounge Access Page.