American Airlines has announced that in 2018, it donated more than USD 35 million in cash and travel value to communities across the globe, the company said.
The airline said it placed an emphasis on its hub cities: Charlotte, North Carolina; Chicago; Dallas-Fort Worth; Los Angeles; Miami; New York; Philadelphia; Phoenix and Washington, D.C. The company also raised nearly USD 10 million for its strategic partners through fundraising efforts and the generosity of its customers.
In 2018, team members organized relief packing events to supply hygiene comfort kits; food; pillows and blankets; duvets; pajamas and mattress pads to those in critical need in the wake of Hurricanes Florence and Matthew as well as the California wildfires.
In 2018, American raised more than USD 5 million through three major fundraising events: American Airlines Celebrity Ski, benefiting the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation; American Airlines Charity Golf, benefiting Answer ALS; and American Airlines Sky Ball, benefiting the Airpower Foundation, a nationwide organization dedicated to supporting members of the military and their families.
American supports the Foundation and provides US Medal of Honor recipients with access to elite amenities when they fly. American is the official airline of National Medal of Honor Day and, each March, transports Medal of Honor recipients and their loved ones from New York City to Washington, D.C.
As the official airline partner of the Gary Sinise Foundation´s Snowball Express program, American transported more than 650 Gold Star families (1,722 individuals) from 80 cities worldwide this month via more than 100 chartered and commercial flights. American´s 12 charter flights were crewed by volunteer flight attendants and pilots.