When was American's first post-deregulation Europe route? 1982

This is American's 1979 route map. Notice how few international routes the carrier had?

This is American's 1979 route map. Notice how few international routes the carrier had?

A couple of weeks ago, I asked readers a two-part trivia question. I wanted to know in what year American Airlines launched its first post- deregulation Europe route and I wanted to know the route.

We had several correct guesses, which I find impressive. The route was Dallas/Fort Worth to London Gatwick and the year was 1982. The aircraft, for good measure, was the Boeing 747-100. 

It is amazing how quickly American has grown its international network. As you can see from the route map above, American didn't fly anywhere outside of North America as recently as about 30 years ago. Now it only has one major gap on the world map. It is not particularly strong in Asia.  (That's a fact new American leadership wants to change.)

As I mentioned earlier, this trivia question came from an anonymous reader. The reader also informed me of these other post-deregulation American Airlines firsts: 

  • ASIAN ROUTE. Dallas-Tokyo Narita. May 1987
  • SOUTH AMERICA ROUTE. San Juan - Caracas. August 1987. 
  • SOUTH PACIFIC. Dallas-Honolulu-Sydney. February 1990.

Our anonymous reader has also been kind enough to come up with this week's trivia prizes. We have mint condition American amenity kits wrapped in plastic. 

Our two winners - randomly selected from all the correct answers - are Ken and Peter B. I'll be getting in touch with them so I can send them their swag.

Thanks for reading, everyone.