#WhyWeFly

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Air travel brings people home for the most important moments in life.

We talked to a few people about who and what is waiting for them at the end of their journey.

Thao Pham

"“I definitely want to fly back to Vietnam, where I’m from. I’m planning a trip there in October. The first thing I’ll do once I get there is eat because the food there is amazing. One of my favorite dishes is Mi Quang, which is this dish in central Vietnam with egg noodles, shrimp and pork, topped off with seafood chips. It’s very good.”"

Tamara Larson

"“I knew I wanted to be a flight attendant when I was eight years old. I wanted to see the world. And over the years, I’ve had the opportunity to meet new people, to expand my horizons and put the languages I learned in school to good use. The most dynamic thing about my job is the people I meet. I’m always in awe of their stories and what they have to teach me.”"

Sanam Khan & Charlie Mohl

"My husband and I fly because we love to travel. It’s taught us both how to get out of our comfort zones and try new things. Before we were married, I was someone who had a lot of anxiety when I left home. But I’ve discovered that if I get past the initial fear to see new cities and try new food, then I enjoy it and I feel better. Traveling has taught me to calm down and just appreciate my life.” – Sanam"

Ron Boucher

"“I’ve been with American Airlines for 23 years. I get people where they’re going, whether it’s a vacation, family reunion or a business meeting. A while back we saw a lot of people going to Rio for the Olympics, and I heard so many great stories about why people were going down there – if they were an athlete or media covering the event or just going for a vacation.”"

Preeti Soni

"“We’re big travelers in my family. My daughter was just six months old on her first flight. We flew all the way to India so she could meet my family. My family loved meeting my baby girl and my son. It was one of the most beautiful trips ever. It means a lot to be able to fly with family and make memories like these.”"

Paul Buchek

"“As a traveling nurse, I’m sent to wherever I’m needed the most. And while I’m helping people, I also get to experience life in another city. I’ve met a lot of really cool people throughout my traveling nurse experiences. I use the time to figure out what kind of life I want in the future. Flying gives me the opportunity to try it all out.”"

Patricia Davis

"“I’ve been working with airlines since 1987. It’s a wonderful thing to be able to get people where they need to go, to get them to their destination safe and on time. We’re able to bring families together.”"

Nathaniel Amey

"“I often travel for work. The farthest place I’ve ever flown is Jakarta, Indonesia. The people in Indonesia are some of the friendliest people on the planet. The minute you speak to the locals, they will figure out you’re visiting from abroad and just want to give you a great big hug. It was one of the most amazing experiences I’ve ever had. I really think flying helps to shrink the world. It helps make people and places closer.”"

Minte Tamoshunas and Stephen Hill

"“This is my first business trip for my first job. Stephen is my boss, and it’s been really cool to be on this trip with him and meet our clients in person. Typically, we only communicate via email and conference calls. Now I’m able to put a face to the name of the people we work with daily.” – Minte"

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