American Airlines: In the Heartland, Support for the Wright Amendment Continues to Build

May 18, 2006, 01:00 ET from American Airlines, Inc.

    FORT WORTH, Texas, May 18 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Nearly 100 cities,
 chambers of commerce, airport boards, airport directors, associations and
 community organizations from across the nation have stepped forward to ask
 Congress to oppose repeal of the Wright Amendment. From Florida to Iowa and
 from Oklahoma to Minnesota, leaders in these communities have spoken out in
 order to protect the interests of their local citizens and businesses.
     "It's always a shame when anyone falls for Southwest's rhetoric,
 because there's a better way to achieve what they want. It's called DFW and
 it's just eight miles away," said Roger Frizzell, American Airlines Vice
 President- Corporate Communications and Advertising. "Once citizens become
 truly informed about the Wright Amendment, they overwhelmingly side against
 repeal."
     Knowing all too well the likely consequences of repeal, many leaders
 have focused on the potential negative impact on jobs, local economies and
 quality of life if the Wright Amendment is amended or repealed. Their
 concerns arise from the expected shifting of flights to Dallas Love Field
 should the Wright Amendment be changed. This would leave small and
 mid-sized communities with less air service, fewer connecting options at
 DFW Airport and would weaken local economies.
     "As it will have negative impacts on small communities such as
 Davenport, Bettendorf, Rock Island and Moline through diminished air
 service, we implore the United States Congress to oppose repealing this
 amendment," said Davenport, Iowa One Chamber of Commerce President Dan
 Huber. Resolution dated January 24, 2006
     Strong arguments for maintaining the Wright Amendment have also focused
 on the numerous available gates and generous incentives that DFW Airport
 officials have offered Southwest Airlines to move from Love Field, but
 which Southwest refuses to accept.
     "For Arlington and other municipalities in Tarrant County, DFW Airport
 is our lifeblood for economic development capacity, international marketing
 access and travel connections," said Arlington Mayor Robert Cluck. City of
 Arlington Press Release, August 16, 2005
     "Southwest could move to DFW Airport and render the Wright Amendment
 irrelevant," said Craig Williams, Airport Director of San Angelo's Mathis
 Field. "Southwest could fly to any airport they desire, and citizens in San
 Angelo and other rural airports would benefit from millions in freed-up
 federal dollars that now subsidize Southwest and Love Field." Letter to DFW
 Airport CEO Jeff Fegan, July 25, 2005
     "Southwest Airlines should take advantage of the offer provided to them
 by DFW Airport," said Dan Villegas, Chairman of the Fort Worth Hispanic
 Chamber of Commerce. "This would allow Southwest Airlines the ability to
 fly all over the country and provide more consumers across North Texas with
 efficient access, since DFW is centrally located." Coalition of Minority
 Chambers of Commerce Press Release, June 22, 2005
     Recently, a coalition of 13 mayors led by Abilene Mayor Norm Archibald
 sent a letter to Dallas Mayor Laura Miller and Fort Worth Mayor Mike
 Moncrief to voice their genuine concerns about eliminating the Wright
 Amendment. In this letter, the mayors wrote, "we have already witnessed
 recent reductions in service to other small and mid-sized cities as
 American Airlines and American Eagle have been forced to move aircraft to
 Dallas Love Field to compete for their passengers. Additional weakening of
 the legislation would trigger further the reductions of flights to and from
 DFW Airport -- and communities like ours would be among the first to feel
 the impact. As you consider what is best for your citizens and for the
 region's aviation needs please remember the communities, like ours, that
 depend on DFW Airport." Letter to Mayor Laura Miller and Mayor Mike
 Moncrief, May 1, 2006
     "We're optimistic that this list of supporters will continue to grow as
 more people around the nation learn what repeal could mean for their
 communities," said Frizzell.
     About American Airlines
     American Airlines is the world's largest airline. American, American
 Eagle and the AmericanConnection(R) airlines serve 250 cities in over 40
 countries with more than 3,900 daily flights. The combined network fleet
 numbers more than 1,000 aircraft. American's award-winning Web site,
 AA.com, provides users with easy access to check and book fares, plus
 personalized news, information and travel offers. American Airlines is a
 founding member of the oneworld(R) Alliance, which brings together some of
 the best and biggest names in the airline business, enabling them to offer
 their customers more services and benefits than any airline can provide on
 its own. Together, its members serve more than 600 destinations in over 135
 countries and territories. American Airlines, Inc. and American Eagle
 Airlines, Inc. are subsidiaries of AMR Corporation (NYSE:   AMR).
 AmericanAirlines, American Eagle, AmericanConnection, AA.com, AAdvantage,
 AAdvantage Cruise, AAdvantage eShopping and MileSAAver are marks of
 American Airlines, Inc.
          Current AMR Corp. releases can be accessed on the Internet.
                        The address is http://www.aa.com
 
 

SOURCE American Airlines, Inc.
    FORT WORTH, Texas, May 18 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Nearly 100 cities,
 chambers of commerce, airport boards, airport directors, associations and
 community organizations from across the nation have stepped forward to ask
 Congress to oppose repeal of the Wright Amendment. From Florida to Iowa and
 from Oklahoma to Minnesota, leaders in these communities have spoken out in
 order to protect the interests of their local citizens and businesses.
     "It's always a shame when anyone falls for Southwest's rhetoric,
 because there's a better way to achieve what they want. It's called DFW and
 it's just eight miles away," said Roger Frizzell, American Airlines Vice
 President- Corporate Communications and Advertising. "Once citizens become
 truly informed about the Wright Amendment, they overwhelmingly side against
 repeal."
     Knowing all too well the likely consequences of repeal, many leaders
 have focused on the potential negative impact on jobs, local economies and
 quality of life if the Wright Amendment is amended or repealed. Their
 concerns arise from the expected shifting of flights to Dallas Love Field
 should the Wright Amendment be changed. This would leave small and
 mid-sized communities with less air service, fewer connecting options at
 DFW Airport and would weaken local economies.
     "As it will have negative impacts on small communities such as
 Davenport, Bettendorf, Rock Island and Moline through diminished air
 service, we implore the United States Congress to oppose repealing this
 amendment," said Davenport, Iowa One Chamber of Commerce President Dan
 Huber. Resolution dated January 24, 2006
     Strong arguments for maintaining the Wright Amendment have also focused
 on the numerous available gates and generous incentives that DFW Airport
 officials have offered Southwest Airlines to move from Love Field, but
 which Southwest refuses to accept.
     "For Arlington and other municipalities in Tarrant County, DFW Airport
 is our lifeblood for economic development capacity, international marketing
 access and travel connections," said Arlington Mayor Robert Cluck. City of
 Arlington Press Release, August 16, 2005
     "Southwest could move to DFW Airport and render the Wright Amendment
 irrelevant," said Craig Williams, Airport Director of San Angelo's Mathis
 Field. "Southwest could fly to any airport they desire, and citizens in San
 Angelo and other rural airports would benefit from millions in freed-up
 federal dollars that now subsidize Southwest and Love Field." Letter to DFW
 Airport CEO Jeff Fegan, July 25, 2005
     "Southwest Airlines should take advantage of the offer provided to them
 by DFW Airport," said Dan Villegas, Chairman of the Fort Worth Hispanic
 Chamber of Commerce. "This would allow Southwest Airlines the ability to
 fly all over the country and provide more consumers across North Texas with
 efficient access, since DFW is centrally located." Coalition of Minority
 Chambers of Commerce Press Release, June 22, 2005
     Recently, a coalition of 13 mayors led by Abilene Mayor Norm Archibald
 sent a letter to Dallas Mayor Laura Miller and Fort Worth Mayor Mike
 Moncrief to voice their genuine concerns about eliminating the Wright
 Amendment. In this letter, the mayors wrote, "we have already witnessed
 recent reductions in service to other small and mid-sized cities as
 American Airlines and American Eagle have been forced to move aircraft to
 Dallas Love Field to compete for their passengers. Additional weakening of
 the legislation would trigger further the reductions of flights to and from
 DFW Airport -- and communities like ours would be among the first to feel
 the impact. As you consider what is best for your citizens and for the
 region's aviation needs please remember the communities, like ours, that
 depend on DFW Airport." Letter to Mayor Laura Miller and Mayor Mike
 Moncrief, May 1, 2006
     "We're optimistic that this list of supporters will continue to grow as
 more people around the nation learn what repeal could mean for their
 communities," said Frizzell.
     About American Airlines
     American Airlines is the world's largest airline. American, American
 Eagle and the AmericanConnection(R) airlines serve 250 cities in over 40
 countries with more than 3,900 daily flights. The combined network fleet
 numbers more than 1,000 aircraft. American's award-winning Web site,
 AA.com, provides users with easy access to check and book fares, plus
 personalized news, information and travel offers. American Airlines is a
 founding member of the oneworld(R) Alliance, which brings together some of
 the best and biggest names in the airline business, enabling them to offer
 their customers more services and benefits than any airline can provide on
 its own. Together, its members serve more than 600 destinations in over 135
 countries and territories. American Airlines, Inc. and American Eagle
 Airlines, Inc. are subsidiaries of AMR Corporation (NYSE:   AMR).
 AmericanAirlines, American Eagle, AmericanConnection, AA.com, AAdvantage,
 AAdvantage Cruise, AAdvantage eShopping and MileSAAver are marks of
 American Airlines, Inc.
          Current AMR Corp. releases can be accessed on the Internet.
                        The address is http://www.aa.com
 
 SOURCE American Airlines, Inc.