American Airlines Named North America's Leading Airline at 2008 World Travel Awards

Sep 09, 2008, 01:00 ET from American Airlines, Inc.

    FORT WORTH, Texas, Sept. 9 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- American Airlines
 has been named "North America's Leading Airline" at the 2008 World Travel
 Awards, a travel industry award program that has been described by the Wall
 Street Journal as the "Oscars of the Travel Industry."
     American received the designation this past weekend during a gala for
 North and Central America winners held at the Walt Disney World Resort in
 Orlando, Fla. Nearly 170,000 travel professionals around the world were
 solicited for their input, with their votes determining the winner.
     In 2007, travel professionals at the World Travel Awards selected
 American Airlines as offering the world's leading Economy Class product.
 American is a founding member of the global oneworld(R) Alliance, itself
 named the world's leading airline alliance for the fifth consecutive year
 at last year's World Travel Awards.
     "American is honored to once again be recognized by travel industry
 experts," said Dan Garton, American's Executive Vice President - Marketing.
 "Employees at every level of our company work hard to consistently provide
 passengers with a positive travel experience, so it's especially gratifying
 when our efforts are acknowledged by some of the most knowledgeable
 travelers around."
     Travelers can continue to look to American Airlines for leadership in
 air travel. Last month, American became the first U.S. airline to offer its
 customers inflight Internet connectivity, debuting the service on its fleet
 of Boeing 767-200 aircraft, which are used on nonstop flights between New
 York-Los Angeles, New York-San Francisco and New York-Miami. The service is
 being offered over a three- to six-month trial period, and if successful,
 could be extended to other aircraft and routes in North America.
     This past June, American became the first U.S. airline to offer nonstop
 service from Chicago's O'Hare International Airport to Moscow's Domodedovo
 International Airport when it started Boeing 777 flights to Russia's
 political and economic capital.
     And in March of this year, American became the first major airline to
 offer an application on Facebook(R), the popular social networking site,
 for users to contribute and access travel-related content. The application,
 called "Travel Bag," also offers a convenient link to American's
 award-winning Web site,
     "Being named North America's Leading Airline is wonderful recognition,"
 said Garton. "American Airlines will continue to enhance its products and
 services to ensure that we stay on top with travel professionals and with
 our customers."
     About American Airlines
     American Airlines is the world's largest airline. American, American
 Eagle and the AmericanConnection(R) airlines serves over 240 cities in 40
 countries with more than 4,000 daily flights. The combined network fleet
 numbers more than 1,000 aircraft. American's award-winning Web site,, 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 nearly 700 destinations in over 140
 countries and territories. American Airlines, Inc. and American Eagle
 Airlines, Inc. are subsidiaries of AMR Corporation. AmericanAirlines,
 American Eagle, the AmericanConnection(R) airlines,, We know why you
 fly and AAdvantage are registered trademarks of American Airlines, Inc.
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