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American Airlines celebrates 250,000th veteran to participate in the Honor Flight Program

2022 "Medal of Honor" special livery - "Flagship Valor"

American Airlines joined elected officials, team members and volunteers in Washington, D.C., this week to celebrate a historic milestone for the Honor Flight Network, a nonprofit organization dedicated to providing veterans with once-in-a-lifetime trips to visit the nation’s capital and the memorials erected in honor of all those who have worn the U.S. military uniform. To commemorate the occasion, American also announced a donation of 15 million AAdvantage® miles to support and sustain the Honor Flight Network’s ongoing mission.

A milestone flight in honor of our heroes

On May 2, Flagship Valor — American’s newly dedicated Airbus A321 aircraft, which serves as a flying tribute to recipients of the Medal of Honor — departed from Phoenix Sky Harbor Airport with the 250,000th participant in the Honor Flight program, two Medal of Honor recipients and more than a hundred World War II, Korean War and Vietnam War veterans.

 

Medal of Honor recipient Jim Taylor welcomes more than 100 World War II, Korean War and Vietnam War veterans at PHX before boarding the milestone Honor Flight to the nation’s capital.

U.S. Sen. Kyrsten Sinema helps American’s all-volunteer flight crew care for Honor Flight participants while inflight from PHX to BWI.

The 250,000th veteran to participate in the Honor Flight program arrives on Flagship Valor to a hero’s welcome at BWI.

The veterans were accompanied throughout their journey by Honor Flight guardians and other volunteers, including American team members and U.S. Sen. Kyrsten Sinema from Arizona, who helped pass out refreshments and care for those on board while in flight.

“I’m honored to participate in this week’s hero’s welcome celebrating and thanking Arizona veterans for their service and sacrifice to our state and country. I’m grateful for Honor Flight Network’s and American’s efforts in honoring veterans and bringing them to our nation’s capital,” Sinema said.

On arrival at Baltimore-Washington Thurgood Marshall Airport, American team members provided a hero’s welcome — complete with a water cannon salute and cheering crowds — as participants deplaned for two days of activities.

Supporting future Honor Flight missions

The following day, Honor Flight Network leadership and volunteers; U.S. Senators Mark Kelly and Jerry Moran; U.S. Congressman Mark Takano; Deputy Secretary of Veterans Affairs Donald Remy; and former Senator Elizabeth Dole, gathered with the veterans at the World War II Memorial in Washington, D.C., to commemorate the program’s milestone achievement.

 

Honor Flight Network Board Chairman Matthew Shuman welcomes American leadership, elected officials, volunteers and veterans to an event at the World War II Memorial celebrating their historic milestone.

Honor Flight participants tour the monuments and memorials built in honor of their service and sacrifice.

Hundreds attend the May 3 event at the World War II Memorial to commemorate the Honor Flight Network’s milestone achievement.

“Since launching in 2005, the Honor Flight Network has carried more than a quarter-million veterans on flights to Washington, D.C. Nevertheless, there are still more than 50,000 veterans across the country with an expressed and time-sensitive desire to participate in a future mission,” said Matthew Shuman, Chairman of the Board for the Honor Flight Network.

To help the Honor Flight Network achieve its mission, American announced it will donate 15 million AAdvantage miles over three years to support and expand the reach of the program.

“The American Airlines team takes great pride in serving veterans on the many Honor Flights operated annually to our nation’s capital and in caring for all those who have and continue to serve in the U.S. military,” said Nate Gatten, Chief Government Affairs Officer for American. “It is our hope that such a contribution can help the Honor Flight Network fulfill its mission of celebrating America’s veterans, ensuring each experience the honor, gratitude and support they deserve.”

Celebrating Military Appreciation Month

Throughout May, American is celebrating the service and sacrifice of U.S. service members and their families through one-of-a-kind experiences across the country. Later this week, American will host Salute to the Troops in partnership with the USO — flying 20 service members battling cancer from Walter Reed Army Hospital in Bethesda, Maryland, to Walt Disney World with their families for a weekend of memories and fun. Then, in support of Seats for Sailors and Armed Forces Day, American will treat sailors from Naval Medical Center San Diego to a VIP experience with the Texas Rangers. American will also sponsor a similar experience at Rangers Stadium for Gold Star families from North Texas in commemoration of Memorial Day.

Top Copyright Photo: American Airlines Airbus A321-231 WL N167AN (msn 7013) (Medal of Honor) CLT (Jay Selman). Image: 404152.

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American introduces an Airbus A321 “Flagship Valor” special livery on N167AN

American Airlines on March 24 at its Dallas-Fort Worth hub introduced a special “Flagship Valor” livery saluting Medal of Honor recipients.

The special livery was unveiled on Airbus A321-231 N167AN.

Photo: DFW Airport.

American later issued this statement and photos:

Today, on National Medal of Honor Day, American Airlines debuts a new livery dedicated to recipients of the Medal of Honor. Flagship Valor — an Airbus A321 aircraft with a special wrap — is a flying tribute dedicated to recipients of the Medal of Honor, the highest award for military valor in action.

The aircraft depicts major military conflicts and the six characteristics that embody the Medal of Honor and those who have received it.

On board, customers can scan QR codes for access to information about the Medal of Honor and its extraordinary recipients, serving as a teaching tool to pass on these remarkable stories for generations to come. Its first official mission will transport Medal of Honor recipients on an honor flight from Dallas-Fort Worth (DFW) to Washington D.C. (DCA) today.

Flagship Valor was unveiled Thursday evening ahead of today’s groundbreaking of the National Medal of Honor Museum in Arlington, Texas. Expected to open in 2024, the new museum will create a permanent home for the incredible stories of our nation’s greatest heroes. Learn more about our partnership with the National Medal of Honor Museum and the important mission of the museum.

Watch as Flagship Valor comes to life at American’s Maintenance base at Tech Ops – Tulsa and as the airline welcomes special guests to Dallas-Fort Worth for the big reveal.

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