Nine Airlines Donate $28 Million to National Air and Space Museum to Remodel Major Exhibit

By Jesse Sokolow on 6 February 2018
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A gallery at the National Air and Space Museum

A gallery at the National Air and Space Museum

The National Air and Space Museum, part of the Smithsonian Institution, in Washington, D.C. will be remodeling one of its main attractions, courtesy of $28 million in donations from nine commercial airlines.

The beneficiary of this largess, “America by Air,” is a gallery that chronicles the history and milestones of commercial aviation, featuring items and artifacts such as uniforms, , and planes that museum visitors can enter.

The donations are unique in that they come from airlines that are arch competitors that have joined together in pursuit of a common goal.

“This really is a breakthrough,” said General John R. Daily, the museum’s director, underscoring how the airline industry had come together despite its competitive nature.

The largest donations come from American Airlines, Delta Air Lines, and United Airlines, while smaller donations come from JetBlue Airways, Alaska Airlines, Frontier Airlines, Hawaiian Airlines, and Spirit Airlines. Additionally, Southwest Airlines made a donation last year that will go to funding a new welcome center for the museum.

American by Air will close this summer for renovations and is scheduled to reopen in 2021.

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