American Airlines, one of five original carriers beginning service at Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) in 1946, will be spotlighted in a program at 10 a.m. Thursday, September 17th at the Flight Path Learning Center and Museum in the LAX Imperial Terminal, 6661 W. Imperial Highway.

Polly Goodman, one of the first women on the airline’s sales promotion staff, will be the featured speaker. This will be the first Flight Path-sponsored program to salute the largest LAX carrier in passenger volume, said Rowena Ake, Flight Path president.

The public is invited and admission and parking are free.

American Airlines transferred flights in December 1946 from Lockheed Air Terminal in Burbank to the airfield known today as LAX. Other original LAX carriers were Pan American, TWA, United and Western air lines.

Goodman began her career with American in 1959 as a stewardess, based in Los Angeles and New York. At that time stewardess employment was limited to women, but after gender rules were eased, they became known as flight attendants.

Goodman flew in and out of LAX during the years when passenger service was moving from terminals on the south side of Century Boulevard to the present “jet age” complex. This also was a time when American and other airlines were replacing propeller aircraft with jets.

In 1974 Goodman joined the new Kiwi Sales program, which featured former stewardesses speaking to clubs and organizations, promoting American as the airline of choice for travelers. She was promoted to manager of sales associates in Southern California, serving from 1983 to 2001.

Goodman is a longtime member of the Kiwi Club, a group of former American Airlines stewardesses and current flight attendants. She was national president from 1976 to 1978.

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