Twenty five years ago yesterday, American Airlines launched service between DFW and Tokyo’s Narita airport.

At the time, the only aircraft with enough range to connect the two airports was the Boeing 747SP, which was designed for ultra-long range flights.

Here’s a photo:

American Airlines Boeing 747SP

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Darren from Frequently Flying has a copy of the seating map of the cabin. There was even a stand up bar (back in the day).

To celebrate this historic occasion, American is launching a Pinterest promotion. From the press release:

Today, American celebrates 25 years of service to Japan and extends the celebration to its customers. American is launching an online promotion via Pinterest to celebrate the anniversary.

Customers can enter between today and May 25 to win a luxury trip to Tokyo, including two round-trip Business Class tickets and a three-night stay at the Shangri-La Hotel Tokyo.

How to Play the #AAToAsia American Airlines Sweepstakes

Source: aa.com via American on Pinterest

This is really pretty easy. Here’s a step by step guide:

1) Follow American Airlines on Pinterest at Pinterest.com/AmericanAir.

2) Re-Pin the American Air #AAtoAsia Pin.

3) Pin a separate picture of your favorite thing/place from Asia (on any of your boards), using #AAtoAsia to tell us why you love the pic.

4) Email a link to your pin to Social.Media@aa.com, using #AAtoAsia as the subject.

Alternate Method of Entry: Should you not be able to obtain a Pinterest account during the entry period of the sweepstakes, email Social.Media@aa.com using #AAtoAsia as the subject and indicate lack of account as message.

The prizes:

Tickets
Two Roundtrip Business Class Travel Authorization Certificate for any American, American Eagle, or American Connection flights, from any city served by American Airlines or its Airline Associates in the 48 contiguous United States to the Haneda airport in Tokyo, Japan.

Hotel
Three (3) night stay at Shangri-La Tokyo Hotel in a Deluxe Room ARV: $1,500

Good luck!!

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