American Airlines recently received a water salute at the El Paso International Airport on its first direct flight out to N. Carolina.

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The first inaugural American Airlines flight from El Paso International Airport (ELP) to Charlotte Douglas International Airport – CLT in North Carolina took place on Wednesday morning.

Before the non-stop flight took off, the El Paso International Airport commemorated the first inaugural flight on American Airlines from the El Paso International Airport to Charlotte Douglas International Airport in North Carolina with a water salute that created a rainbow.

Water salutes have always been a thing and have been used to mark the retirement of a senior pilot or air traffic controller, the first or last flight of a type of aircraft used, including the first or last flight of an airline to an airport.

The cool display usually lines up vehicles on the sides of the taxiway, and the plumes of water will form a series of arches as the aircraft passes beneath the water salute.

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The new non-stop flights will offer El Pasoans more access to the east coast and abroad. So whether it’s visiting the Mesoamerican pyramids in Mexico, laying out on a beach somewhere in the Caribbean, or exploring Europe, travelers now have a new easy way to fly out from the El Paso International Airport this summer.

TICKETS

  • Tickets are on sale now for daily flights
  • To purchase tickets, visit aa.com

Flights will operate on a Boeing 737-800 series aircraft, and the schedule is as follows:

  • Flight from El Paso departs, 6:00 a.m.; arrives in Charlotte, 12:15 p.m.
  • Flight from Charlotte departs, 6:18 p.m.; arrives in El Paso, 8:23 p.m.

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