American Overseas Airlines - AOA

formerly
American Export Airlines

USA

American Overseas Airlines had its origins in American Export Airlines, set up in 1937 by the shipping company
American Export Lines with the intention of starting North Atlantic services. Eventually, after the U.S.A. had entered the war and after
stiff resistance from Pan American, American Export was able to start (June 1942) a flying boat service between New York and Ireland.

During 1945, when American Export was awarded transatlantic rights covering northern Europe including London, the airline had to cut
its strings with the shipping industry. Thus, in November 1945, American Export Airlines became American Overseas Airlines (AOA),
following the merger with the Transatlantic Division of American Airlines. Working closely with AA for a few years,
and benefitting from that airline's domestic connections (with U.S. timetables being issued as AA "Transatlantic" or "Overseas" services),
AOA and Pan American agreed to merge in 1950, with AOA disappearing into Pan American during the autumn.

American Export Airlines
May 15, 1945

(From the collection of Craig Morris)
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September 1947
European edition
(System)
(From the collection of Don Henchel)

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November 1947
European edition
(System)

July 1, 1948
European edition
(System)
(From the collection of Frank J. Lichtanski)

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November 1, 1948
European edition
(System)
Click to view the complete timetable

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August 1, 1950
European edition
(System)
Click to view the complete timetable

This page last updated December 14, 2008.