After 75 years with American Airlines, Azreil “Al” Blackman says he isn’t thinking about retirement. Based out of New York City his entire career, the 91-year-old aviation maintenance technician started off making 50 cents an hour as an apprentice in the sheet metal shop. The former U.S. Navy service member has dedicated his life to American Airlines aircraft. On Tuesday, his long-time employer returned the favor. At a ceremony at John F. Kennedy International Airport, a curtain dropped to reveal a Boeing 777 dedicated to his 75 years of service. For the remainder of the jet’s life at American Airlines, his name and signature will be inscribed to the left of the aircraft’s main cabin door.
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