He started work aged 16 in 1942 for the airline on 50 cents (30 pence) an hour, is working yet now and hopes to have “many more years with the company”. “The first thing I do when I get up in the morning, I say ‘thank you for another day’,” he also declared to media.
Ceremony to celebrate Azriel
He does not see himself retiring any time soon. The nonagenarian still clocks on for work five days a week at a hangar at JFK International Airport, well in advance of his 05:00 start time. “On behalf of Al’s more than 100,000 team members, we are honored to celebrate him and his milestone 75 years of service today,” said American’s Chairman and CEO, Doug Parker. This achievement, which speaks to his vast knowledge in the subject and his dedication to the aviation industry, has helped him to become OFFICIALLY AMAZING ™,” said Andrew Glass, official adjudicator for GUINNESS WORLD RECORDS. Blackman graduated from Aviation High School in Manhattan when he was 16 year old. Twenty-five years ago Blackman was honored with the FAA’s Charles E. Taylor Master Mechanic Award, a feat only awarded to individuals with 50 years of experience in aviation maintenance as an accredited mechanic or repairman certified by the FAA for at least 30 years.