American joins long list of airline bankruptcies

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American Airlines on Tuesday joined a long list of airlines that have filed for bankruptcy protection. American was the only U.S. legacy airline that hadn’t yet filed. Several airlines have filed multiple times; Delta and Northwest filed on the same day six years ago. There have been 189 total since 1990. Here’s a look at some of the airlines which filed for bankruptcy protection or went out of business over the past two decades:

Nov. 29, 2011 ? American Airlines

Jan 5. 2010 ? Mesa Air

Oct. 6, 2008 ? Sun Country

April 11, 2008 ? Frontier Airlines

March 31, 2008 ? Aloha Airlines

Sept. 14, 2005 ? Delta Air Lines, Northwest Airlines, Comair

Sept. 12, 2004 ? US Airways

Dec. 9, 2002 ? United Airlines

Aug. 11, 2002 ? US Airways

Jan. 10, 2001 ? Trans World Airlines (TWA)

Feb. 26, 1998 ? Pan American World Airways (Pan Am)

June 30, 1995 ? Trans World Airlines

Sept. 21, 1993 ? Hawaiian Airlines

Jan. 31, 1992 ? Trans World Airlines

June 27, 1991 ? America West Airlines

Jan. 18, 1991 ? Eastern Air Lines

Jan. 8 1991 ? Pan Am World Airways

Dec. 3, 1990 ? Continental Airlines