American Airlines Timetable

September 24, 1939

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1939 American Airlines Schedule CoverAmerican Airlines, one of the original airlines awarded a trans-continental route, was assigned the "Southern Route" across the US. Even in 1939 they had an extensive route system. In 1939 dollars, though, flights were expensive.

American's Timetable included twenty-one routes, detailed in separate tables. The download includes a map of each of these routes.

The flight descriptions make use of both NDBs and VORs. An FSNavigator plan is also included for each of the 245 legs comprising the twenty-one routes. In addition, you may fly any route in reverse if you wish, doubling the available flights. Use Real Weather for the most satisfaction while flying these flights.

These 245 flights total 43,491 NM ... over 300 hours of flight time.

American Airlines is the largest airline in the world. They began on January 25, 1930, when four airlines were consolidated into American Airways. In 1934 they became American Airlines.

American Airways inaugurated the nation's first all-air transcontinental service in 1930. The route linked Atlanta with Los Angeles with stops in Texas and Arizona using Fokker F-10A tri-motor aircraft. In 1931, American flew the first New York to Los Angeles transcontinental route, using Ford Tri-Motors.

In 1933, American Airways began flying the eighteen-passenger Curtiss Condor. A sleeper version of the Curtiss Condor was later introduced in 1934. With the introduction of the Condor, flight attendants, then called "stewardesses," made their first appearance on American Airlines aircraft. In addition, American introduced the first true in-flight meal service in the US in 1934 and the first hot meal service a year later.

Douglas Aircraft began the design of the DC-3 in 1934 at the insistence of C.R. Smith, president of American Airlines. Smith wanted two new planes – a longer DC-2 that would carry more day passengers and another with railroad-type sleeping berths, to carry overnight passengers.

The first DC-3 built was the Douglas Sleeper Transport, the DST, and it was the height of luxury. Fourteen plush seats in four main compartments could be folded in pairs to form seven berths, while seven more folded down from the cabin ceiling. The plane could accommodate fourteen overnight passengers or up to twenty-eight for shorter daytime flights. The first was delivered to American Airlines in June 1936, followed two months later by the first standard twenty-one-passenger DC-3.

In 1947, American became the first airline to demonstrate the use of VHF Omni-Directional Range receiving equipment, the VOR. Go here for the Photo Gallery or to learn more about American Airlines or the Douglas DC-3.

Enjoy the flights! They should be OK for FS98 and later.