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American Airlines To Europe,not The 1st Time  
User currently offlinedoulasc From United States of America, joined Dec 2011, 544 posts, RR: 0
Posted (2 years 9 months 1 day 3 hours ago) and read 3958 times:

Ok When American Airlines started adding flights to Europe in the 1980s it was not their
first time. In the 1940s to Early 1950s American Airlines did serve Europe with American Overseas
Airlines until sold to Pan Am. Was this part of Americn Airlines or a seperate Airline owned by American?

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User currently offlineViscount724 From Switzerland, joined Oct 2006, 25457 posts, RR: 22
Reply 1, posted (2 years 9 months 1 day 3 hours ago) and read 3884 times:

Quoting doulasc (Thread starter):
Was this part of Americn Airlines or a seperate Airline owned by American?

As far as I know AOA was a separate airline with its own operating permit but owned by AA. AA purchased American Export Airlines from shipping company American Export Lines in 1945 and changed their name to American Overseas Airlines.

There wasn't enough room in those days for 3 U.S. carriers on transatlantic routes so AA sold AOA to Pan Am in 1950. AA's long-time CEO C.R. Smith once said that, in hindsight, selling AOA was the biggest mistake he ever made.

[Edited 2012-01-03 19:48:41]

User currently offlinetimz From United States of America, joined Sep 1999, 6837 posts, RR: 7
Reply 2, posted (2 years 9 months 1 day 3 hours ago) and read 3874 times:

You remember it originally had nothing to do with American, when it started flying VS-44s transatlantic circa 1942. Changed the name from American Export to American Overseas after American bought control (?) in 1945. Might be semantics, but I'm guessing it was never "part" of AA.

User currently offlineaajfksjubklyn From United States of America, joined Jul 2007, 905 posts, RR: 1
Reply 3, posted (2 years 9 months 16 hours ago) and read 3241 times:

I certainly was, check the CR Smioth Museum timeline of AA's history, it goes through this whole process.

User currently offlineRogerThat From United States of America, joined Dec 2003, 566 posts, RR: 0
Reply 4, posted (2 years 9 months ago) and read 2546 times:

Speaking of the C.R. Smith museum... many years ago they had an exhibit on AOA including a copy of the check from Pan Am.

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