Inside American Airlines

During one intense week, CNBC cameras capture a side of American Airlines that travelers never see: the minute-by-minute drama inside the control tower; the split-second decisions made on the flight deck; the corporate maneuvering behind the closed doors of the executive suite.

Against a backdrop of global political uncertainty, volatile fuel prices and cutthroat competition, the nation's airlines are navigating cloudy skies.

With more than 2,000 flights a day...and nearly 2 million passengers a week...how does American Airlines do it?

Fasten your seat belts. Once you've seen the extraordinary view from the cockpit, you'll never look at air travel the same way again.

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Inside American Airlines