American Airlines Celebrates 40 Years of Serving Haiti
- Wednesday, March 02, 2011 12:12 PM
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On March 2, 1971, an American Airlines Boeing 707 aircraft departed from New York's John F. Kennedy International Airport (JFK), headed for Port-au-Prince, Haiti's capital.
When the 707 landed, it marked a major milestone for American – its first flight to Haiti.
Forty years later, American and American Eagle, its regional affiliate, continue to serve Haiti, which is considered one of the airlines' global "hometowns," with approximately 140 employees based in the island nation.
"All of us at American are proud to commemorate the 40th anniversary of providing air transportation to Haiti," said Peter Dolara, American's Senior Vice President – Mexico, Caribbean and Latin America. "In the past four decades, we have celebrated expanding our service into Haiti, but we've also rallied together to help Haiti following the devastating 2010 earthquake. Our commitment to Haiti has never wavered, and we look forward to celebrating our next 40 years."
Today, American offers six daily nonstop flights to Haiti – three from Miami International Airport, two from Fort Lauderdale–Hollywood International Airport, and one from New York's JFK Airport. American operates flights into Port-au-Prince's Toussaint Louverture International Airport with its Boeing 737 and 767 aircraft.
American Eagle currently offers daily service to Port-au-Prince with one flight through Santo Domingo in the Dominican Republic, using its ATR-72 aircraft.
Source: PR News Wire