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American Airlines (Envoy Air) Embraer ERJ-175 arriving at Toronto Lester B. Pearson International airport on a pleasing Saturday afternoon 2019 - Photo by Robson Smith
American Airlines (Envoy Air) Embraer ERJ-175 arriving at Toronto Lester B. Pearson International airport (YYZ) from Chicago O'Hare International Airport (ORD) on a pleasing Saturday afternoon 2019. Envoy Air traces its roots back to 1984, when it was created as a regional carrier for American Airlines. As a subsidiary of the American national carrier, Envoy Air's name was changed from American Eagle Airlines in 2014 to avoid confusion with the American Eagle brand name, under which American Eagle Airlines (Envoy Air) and other airlines combined operate as a regional branch for American Airlines. In addition, the name "Envoy" is derived from a US Airways seating class dubbed "Envoy Class", a nod to American Airlines's merger with US Airways in 2014. Furthermore, American Airlines, which currently operates as the world's largest airline by revenue, passengers carried, fleet size, and number of destinations served, dates back to 1930, when some 80 small airlines merged into one conglomerate company known as American Airways. However, historically, the airline dates back to 1926, when one of the first merged companies began operations. Jumping ahead, when American Airways first took to the skies in 1936, its name had already been changed to American Air Lines, resembling the company's modern brand image. As a fully functioning airline during the 1930s, American Air Lines began adding to its impressively long list of accomplishments and firsts. In 1973, American Airlines became the first major airline to hire a female pilot, who would fly the Boeing 727 jetliner. In 1998, the airline became a founding member of the Oneworld Alliance, now the world's third largest airline alliance, and, as of 2019, American operates some 960 aircraft, claiming its position as the largest passenger fleet in the world. Additionally, the company's freight brand, American Airlines Cargo, voted the best cargo airlines in the Americas for more than a decade by the prestigious Air Cargo News, serviced the world's first air cargo schedule. Importantly, in 2013, by the merger of the parent companies of both American Airlines and US Airways, American Airlines Group, Inc was established. Finally, as of 2013, American Airlines would begin to roll out a new and modernized logo of their classic design that has evolved at least four times since its inception in 1934. It is known as a "Flight Symbol", with an eagle and star surrounded by US flag colors of red, white, and blue. With their slogan "Great is what were going for", it is truly great to see American Airlines at Pearson. Enjoy!
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