American Airlines Logos Through the Years

Earlier this year American Airlines unveiled a new logo, actually, a new identity that breaks apart from what was already a pretty established look-and-feel; so I thought it would be interesting to share a quick post with the history of American Airlines logos.


In 1926 Charles Lindbergh flew his biplane on a mail run from Chicago to St. Louis and back. Eight years later, the company he flew for and several others were incorporated into American Airlines, Inc.

American Airlines 1934 Logo


During World War II, as demand for air travel increased at home, half of American’s fleet was turned over to the military to transport personnel worldwide. After the war, American began its first overseas passenger flights, to Europe.

American Airlines 1945 Logo


In the early ’60s, American partnered with IBM to introduce the Semi-Automated Business Research Environment (SABRE) for processing its reservations and other data.

American Airlines 1962 Logo


American’s current logo has been in use for the last 45 years. The familiar red and blue double A, the eagle and the name “American” have all been featured on the jets’ unique – and shiny – unpainted, silver exteriors.

American Airlines 1968 Logo


The logo unveiled on January 17, 2013, as the airline emerges from bankruptcy. The red and blue stripe is said to represent a stylized letter A and an eagle in flight.

American Airlines 2013 Logo

So, what do you think? Do you like their new identity?