AMERICAN Airlines HONORS JFK Team MEMBER AL BLACKMAN FOR 75 Years OF Service WITH Devotion OF BOEING 777-two hundred

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American Airlines staff member Azreil “Al” Blackman, an Aviation Maintenance Technician (AMT) Crew Chief centered at New York’s John F. Kennedy Global Airport (JFK), celebrated 75 years of provider with the airline nowadays. At a ceremony at JFK nowadays, the airline amazed him by dedicating a Boeing 777 in his honor.

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FORT Truly worth, Texas, July 18, 2017 (World NEWSWIRE) — American Airlines (NASDAQ:AAL) team member Azreil “Al” Blackman, an Aviation Maintenance Technician (AMT) Crew Chief centered at New York’s John F. Kennedy Global Airport (JFK), celebrated 75 years of provider with the airline nowadays.  At a ceremony at JFK nowadays, the airline amazed him by dedicating a Boeing 777 in his honor.

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“I’m just honored to be right here, I’m happy to be a mechanic. I’m happy to be element of the American Airlines staff,” commented Blackman to a standing ovation.

“On behalf of Al’s more than a hundred,000 staff customers, we are honored to rejoice him and his milestone 75 years of provider nowadays,” said American’s Chairman and CEO, Doug Parker.  “Al has worked on practically each aircraft American has flown considering that the traveling boats of the forties to the Boeing 777s of nowadays. His tough get the job done and determination to prepare and mentor others and properly retain our aircraft has manufactured us a improved airline.” 

GUINNESS Environment Records was also on hand to figure out Blackman with the Longest vocation as an airline mechanic title.

“I’m honored to present Al Blackman with the GUINNESS Environment Records title of Longest vocation as an airline mechanic. This achievement, which speaks to his broad information in the matter and his determination to the aviation market, has served him to turn out to be Formally AMAZING™,” said Andrew Glass, formal adjudicator for GUINNESS Environment Records.

When Blackman was just 16 years previous he graduated from Aviation Significant School in Manhattan and took a occupation with American Airlines (American Export Airlines at the time) as an apprentice in the Sheet Metallic Shop for $.fifty an hour. During his 75 years with American Blackman has worked on some of aviation’s most fascinating aircraft. While his shift technically starts off at 5 a.m. Blackman comes at the hangar just right before three a.m. most times.

“When I initial started out as a junior mechanic Al was my crew chief and he was celebrating his 45th anniversary. I considered to myself, ‘45 years with a single firm. That is amazing,’” commented Robert Needham, senior supervisor Plane Line Maintenance, JFK. “Here we are celebrating his 75th, 30 years afterwards, and it really is just thoughts-blowing.”

“The intriguing issue about Blackie and myself, is all people has a crew chief. We all had that initial crew chief. It just so takes place, Al’s initial crew chief was my father, Charlie Hanna, when he started out above at LaGuardia operating on traveling boats,” said Wayne Hanna, JFK-centered AMT. “When I initial started out right here, Blackie explained to me he attempts to be like my father each working day, which was a excellent compliment to me.”

20-five years back Blackman was honored with the FAA’s Charles E. Taylor Grasp Mechanic Award, a feat only awarded to men and women with fifty years of experience in aviation servicing as an accredited mechanic or repairman accredited by the FAA for at the very least 30 years.     

“When you like what you do, it is not get the job done,” commented Blackman.

About American Airlines Group
American Airlines and American Eagle offer an normal of practically 6,700 flights per working day to practically 350 destinations in more than fifty international locations. American has hubs in Charlotte, Chicago, Dallas/Fort Truly worth, Los Angeles, Miami, New York, Philadelphia, Phoenix, and Washington, D.C. American is a founding member of the a singleworld® alliance, whose customers provide more than one,000 destinations with about fourteen,250 each day flights to above one hundred fifty international locations. Shares of American Airlines Group Inc. trade on Nasdaq below the ticker image AAL. In 2015, its stock joined the S&P 500 index. Connect with American on Twitter @AmericanAir and at Facebook.com/AmericanAirlines.

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