Two airlines feature Oklahoma City in their in-flight magazines

Flyers on United and American Airlines will read about Oklahoma and Oklahoma City as they travel this month.

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

by Greater OKC Chamber

Travelers flying both American Airlines and United this month will be treated to large spreads on Oklahoma and Oklahoma City in the airlines’ respective magazines.

American Airlines’ American Way

Calling Oklahoma City a “Cinderella City,” Jan Hubbard in American Airlines’ American Way magazine takes a look at Oklahoma City’s history, the Metropolitan Area Projects (MAPS) that led to its revitalization, the Oklahoma City Thunder and more.

“Oklahoma City has a long and storied history, but only in recent years has it truly come into its own as a cultural hub and an enticing place to live. With the NBA’s Thunder, a multitude of museums and restaurants, and an energetic spirit on its side, this city is watching its dreams come true,” Hubbard writes.

Read American Way story online.

United’s Hemispheres

This week, United released a 32-page supplement to its in-flight magazine that focuses solely on Oklahoma – its industries and economy, revitalization, tourism and attractions, entrepreneurs and influencers.

“Where once there were cowboys and dust storms forcing mass emigration, now the state has become an increasingly attractive proposition for individuals and businesses alike,” reads the copy in the dossier on Oklahoma that is part of United’s Hemisphere’s publication.

So those flying United will learn about Oklahoma’s energy industry, its thriving cultural and sports scene, diverse terrain that includes mountains, rivers and lakes, mesas and forest; and accomplishments in the last several years.

Also included are tidbits like these.


  • Has a GDP that was ranked fourth in the nation
  • Ranked fifth in the U.S. in attracting private equity investments in 2011
  • Is located within 500 miles of 71 million people
  • Has 300 days of sunshine per year
  • Has 56.1 people per square mile, compared to the national average of 89.5
  • More.

“ ‘We’ve led a number of community initiatives to build what we refer to as ‘quality of place,’’ says Roy Williams, president of the Greater Oklahoma City Chamber. ‘Not only can people work here with good jobs, they can enjoy recreation, culture, sports and all those other things that make it a great place to live.’”

Read the story in United's Hemispheres online.