With all the years that have passed, it’s easy to forget how badly the airline industry was rocked by the events of 9/11. People were afraid to fly. Carriers lost billions of dollars and some, such as Canada 3000, never recovered.
The airlines had to do something. American Airlines put together 2 TV commercials that attempted to once again instill the confidence that had been lost.
Update: While poking around, I came across this British Airways ad from 1983. The use of the Manhattan skyline with the Twin Towers prominently displayed now just come across as very, very sad.