American Airlines to Introduce PriorityAAccess Privileges for Its Top Customers

Privileges Ease Check In, Security, and Boarding for AAdvantage Elite

Status Members, First and Business Class Travelers, AAirpass Customers, and

Passengers Traveling on Full-Fare Economy Class Tickets

Sep 22, 2008, 01:00 ET from American Airlines, Inc.

    FORT WORTH, Texas, Sept. 22 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- American Airlines
 will soon introduce to its top customers PriorityAAccess(SM) privileges,
 which are an array of enhancements designed to make the airport process and
 overall travel experience more convenient.
     American's AAdvantage(R) elite status members, First and Business Class
 travelers, AAirpass customers, and passengers traveling on full-fare
 Economy Class tickets will receive more control and be offered an easier
 journey when they travel with dedicated PriorityAAccess check-in, security
 screening lanes (where available), and exclusive boarding lanes at the
     "American Airlines greatly appreciates the loyalty of our customers,
 and we have been working hard to deliver the product features and
 recognition we know they value and deserve," said Mark Mitchell, American's
 Managing Director - Customer Experience. "PriorityAAccess benefits provide
 a differentiated experience for our top customers at the ticket counter, at
 security checkpoints, and at the gate."
     American will introduce PriorityAAccess privileges on Sept. 30 and
 expects to complete the rollout by the end of October.
     Following is a summary of American's PriorityAAccess benefits. These
 benefits will be available to First and Business Class customers;
 AAdvantage Executive Platinum(R), AAdvantage Platinum(R), and AAdvantage
 Gold(R) members; AAirpass(R) customers; oneworld(R) Alliance Emerald,
 Sapphire and Ruby members; and customers traveling on full-fare Economy
 Class tickets, which are booked in American's "Y" ticket category.
     PriorityAAccess Check-In
     PriorityAAccess customers will enjoy their own dedicated check-in area
 at the ticket counter with distinctive signage clearly identifying
 PriorityAAccess lines. In addition, "PriorityAAccess" will be printed on
 boarding passes, designating travelers as American's top customers.
 American will offer PriorityAAccess check-in areas at all of the airports
 it serves worldwide.
     PriorityAAccess Security Screening
     Where permitted by airport policy and government security regulations,
 American will offer exclusive PriorityAAccess security screening lanes.
 Like the dedicated check-in lines, PriorityAAccess screening lanes will be
 clearly marked with special signage. Currently, American plans to offer
 PriorityAAccess screening lanes in its 10 largest airports, as well as in
 other airports where permitted by the TSA.
     The airports that will have exclusive PriorityAAccess security screen
 lanes are: Dallas/Fort Worth (DFW), Chicago O'Hare (ORD), Miami (MIA), Los
 Angeles (LAX), New York JFK (JFK), New York La Guardia (LGA), St. Louis
 (STL), San Francisco (SFO), Boston (BOS) and San Juan, Puerto Rico (SJU).
     PriorityAAccess Boarding Lanes
     To further enhance convenience for its top customers, American will
 offer dual boarding lanes at its gates -- one for PriorityAAccess customers
 and one for general boarding. Customers with PriorityAccess privileges will
 be invited to board first or board at any time through their exclusive
 PriorityAAccess lane, which allows them to bypass lines after general
 boarding has begun.
     "PriorityAAccess is aptly named on several levels since it highlights
 American's priority to expedite and smooth our customers' journeys,"
 Mitchell said.
     About American Airlines
     American Airlines is the world's largest airline. American, American
 Eagle and the AmericanConnection(R) airlines serve 250 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, AmericanConnection,, We know why you fly,
 AAdvantage, AAdvantage Executive Platinum, AAdvantage Platinum, AAdvantage
 Gold and AAirpass are registered trademarks of American Airlines, Inc.
 (NYSE:   AMR)
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