American Airlines lands its first plane in Bozeman

American Airlines has landed its first plane in Montana.

The Bozeman Chronicle reports that the airline will immediately begin offering daily flights between Bozeman and its hub in Dallas/Fort Worth. It plans to offer the route from June until October and December through April.

Bozeman Yellowstone International Airport Director Brian Sprenger called the plane’s Thursday arrival a “groundbreaking day for the airport.”

Sprenger says the airport has courted American for more than 25 years but couldn’t get the airline to commit until the airport received a $750,000 subsidy in January.

American is the airport’s seventh commercial airline. It will serve 16 destinations.

The airport saw more than 1 million passengers for the first time last year, up more than 5 percent from 2014.