Notes from a Field Trip with American Airlines and I.S. 141 The Steinway School

Recently, a group of 6th graders from I.S. 141 The Steinway joined PENCIL partner, American Airlines, for a fun and informative day out of the classroom and in a workplace like none other: John F. Kennedy International Airport!

Throughout the fall, American Airlines has been working closely with the students, covering topics such as:

  • An Introduction to American Airlines
  • Customer Care and Premium Services
  • Aircraft Maintenance
  • In-Flight Safety/In-Flight Service
  • Tower/Operations
  • and Flying High with American Airlines

For this special field trip to JFK, volunteers had a few surprises in store for the students. They toured four planes in the American Airlines fleet, checked out the views from the control tower, walked through the airline’s First-Class Lounge – The Admiral’s Club – and ended the tour by visiting the American Airlines airplane hangar. It was an inspiring day that allowed the students to see first-hand what a rewarding profession in the field of aviation could really be like.

Having worked up an appetite, a generous lunch was catered for the group that consisted of Greek salad, mini cheeseburgers, chicken fingers, lasagna, fruit and cookies. David Lombard, American Airlines Manager of Alliances at JFK, delighted students with an American Airlines goodie bag, and some lucky winners of a fun scavenger hunt even went home with model airplanes!

The smiles on the students’ faces really tell the whole story and we know this was an adventure they won’t soon forget. Thank you to our American Airlines volunteers for opening eyes, opening minds, and opening doors…getting our students ready for take-off.