American Airlines Hosts Girl Scouts-Arizona Cactus-Pine Council at Phoenix Sky Harbor Airport for Behind-The-Scenes Tour

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(PHOENIX— October 17, 2019) American Airlines hosted over 40 local Girl Scouts from the Arizona Cactus-Pine Council (GSACPC), at Phoenix Sky Harbor Airport for a behind the scenes tour of the airport and operations this September. Girl Scout alum and current Mayor of Phoenix, Kate Gallego and an all-female flight crew, greeted the girls as they began their day at the American Airlines Line Maintenance Hangar.

The girls were given the rare opportunity to see inside an aircraft cockpit, see an engine under construction and were introduced to female leaders in flight service, flight, maintenance, baggage and more.

“These behind-the-scenes tours and exposure to female leaders give our younger generation hands-on experience and the confidence to look at the historically male-dominated career opportunities offered in our industry,” said American Airlines Regional Sales Director Elizabeth Pond. “Our team members are also building lasting relationships with the professional women of our future.”

“We’re grateful for our partnership with American Airlines and their team members’ enthusiasm for investing time and talent into Arizona’s young women and girls,” said GSACPC Program Manager Amanda Hofmann-Handy. “From learning about the mechanics of a plane to gleaning inspiration from female role models, the American Airlines patch program was an outstanding Girl Scouting experience. Providing exceptional program experiences is vital to leadership development and intended for girls to see firsthand that anything is possible, to build a wealth of knowledge and ultimately confidence and excitement for their futures.”

At the end of the tour, each Girl Scout received a specially designed badge to commemorate the experience. 

About American Airlines Group
American Airlines offers customers 6,800 daily flights to more than 365 destinations in 61 countries from its hubs in Charlotte, Chicago, Dallas-Fort Worth, Los Angeles, Miami, New York, Philadelphia, Phoenix and Washington, D.C. With a shared purpose of caring for people on life’s journey, American’s 130,000 global team members serve more than 200 million customers annually. Since 2013, American has invested more than $28 billion in its product and people and now flies the youngest fleet among U.S. network carriers, equipped with industry-leading high-speed Wi-Fi, lie-flat seats, more in-flight entertainment, and power. American also has enhanced food and beverage options in the air and on the ground in its world-class Admirals Club and Flagship lounges. American was recently named a Five Star Global Airline by the Airline Passenger Experience Association and Airline of the Year by Air Transport World. American is a founding member of oneworld®, whose members serve 1,100 destinations in 180 countries and territories. Shares of American Airlines Group Inc. trade on Nasdaq under the ticker symbol AAL and the company’s stock is included in the S&P 500. Learn more about what’s happening at American by visiting and connect with American on Twitter @AmericanAir and at

Girl Scouts of the USA

We're 2.5 million strong—more than 1.7 million girls and 750,000 adults who believe in the power of every G.I.R.L. (Go-getter, Innovator, Risk-taker, Leader)™ to change the world. Our extraordinary journey began more than 100 years ago with the original G.I.R.L., Juliette Gordon “Daisy” Low. On March 12, 1912, in Savannah, Georgia, she organized the very first Girl Scout troop, and every year since, we’ve honored her vision and legacy, building girls of courage, confidence, and character who make the world a better place. We’re the preeminent leadership development organization for girls. And with programs from coast to coast and across the globe, Girl Scouts offers every girl a chance to practice a lifetime of leadership, adventure, and success.

About Girl Scouts—Arizona Cactus-Pine Council (GSACPC)

In partnership with more than 10,000 adult volunteers, GSACPC serves 20,000 girls grades K-12 in more than 90 communities across central and northern Arizona. Since 1936, GSACPC has helped girls develop leadership skills and tools for success in a rapidly changing environment. We know that given the opportunity, every girl can become a leader, act confidently on her values, and connect with her community. Girl Scouts grow courageous and strong through girl-driven programs, ranging from summer camp to troop activities and product sales programs. For more information, visit, like us on Facebook or follow us on Instagram.


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