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American Airlines was founded more than 90 years ago, in 1926 as American Airways. In 2013 it merged with US Airways, to form the world's largest airline by fleet size and by the number of destinations served. The airline operates more than 6,700 flights per day to more than 350 destinations around the globe. It is a founding member of Oneworld alliance.

American Airlines doesn’t offer direct flights from Tel Aviv. However, with a collaboration with El Al, American Airlines offers many routes to destinations in the US with convenient connecting flights via European cities, such as Barcelona, London, Paris and more. If you are planning a trip to the US, you can also book domestic flights for low prices with Skyscanner without any added fees.

Information correct as of March 2017

Why Fly With American Airlines

How to Check-in

The self-check-in process is between 24 hours and 60 minutes before the flight; you may check yourself in online or on American Airlines’ app. It’s recommended to arrive at the airport as soon as possible, to allow enough time for security check, visa check, and baggage drop, but no later than two hours prior to departure. On domestic flights in the US, you may arrive 90 minutes before your flight. Boarding starts 30 minutes before your scheduled flight time, and doors will be closed 10 minutes prior to departure. After that time frame - no passengers will be admitted.

Baggage Allowances and Fees

On flights to and from Israel, you are allowed to bring bags with dimensions that don't exceed 158 cm (length+width+height) and no more than 23 kg, or 32 kg for Business or First Class travelers. The first bag is free of charge. An additional bag costs $100 (free if you fly to Mexico, the Caribbean, Central America, Brazil and South America). Each additional bag costs $200 ($85 if you fly to Brazil). Each passenger may board the plane with one personal item and one bag. The personal item must fit under the seat in front. The dimensions are 45x35x20 cm. The carry-on bag cannot exceed 56x36x23 cm including handles and wheels and must fit in the sizer at the airport. If you hold a Basic Economy ticket, you are allowed to bring only one personal item and check anything else.

Seating

You can choose your seat during the check-in process. You may purchase an upgraded seat with Main Cabin Extra seating, starting at $20. These seats are located in front of the main cabin on most flights. When you book this seat, you will enjoy extra legroom, preferred boarding and an earlier exit after landing. AAdvantage Executive Platinum, Platinum Pro, and Platinum members, or Oneworld SapphireSM and OneWorld EmeraldSM members can choose these seats with no additional cost. AAdvantage Gold and Oneworld RubySM members have 50% when purchasing a preferred seat. Basic Economy fare tickets aren't eligible for discounts when purchasing Main Cabin Extra seats.

Service on Board

American Airlines offers free inflight entertainment services with an extensive library which includes movies, TV shows, games, and music. On some domestic flights, you can stream your movies from your device to the screen for free. If you need to stay connected during your trip, you can use the WiFi service. You can buy a 2-hour plan for $12, 4-hour plan for $17, or purchase a plan for the whole duration of your flight for $19. Most of American Airlines’ planes have AC power outlets, so you can always charge your device. On your flight from Europe to the Americas, you will get free meals during typical breakfast, lunch and dinner times. AAdvantage Executive Platinum and ConciergeKeySM members get a complimentary alcoholic drink. There are also special meals for specific dietary, medical and religious needs. You should request your special meal at least 24 hours before the flight. If you require a Kosher meal and you depart from Porto Alegre, Brazil, you must order it 48 hours in advance.

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