The DC-3, the classic airliner, and American Airlines that ordered it, are responsible for the spectacular growth of air travel. The DC-3 is a superior aircraft and its introduction by American Airlines marked the new beginning of a new era in passenger aviation. In November 1936, the United Airlines, a subsidiary of Boeing, became the second DC-3 customer. Initial orders from American and United Airlines were soon followed by other orders from 30 airlines in the next two years.
The DC-3 is universally known as one of the greatest airplanes of all time. The DC-3 is not only comfortable and reliable but it also made air transportation profitable. It also has proven to be tough, flexible and easy to operate and maintain. Currently, hundreds of DC-3s are still operational and in flying condition.