American Airlines Celebrates 75th Anniversary; Pioneer of the Airline Industry Continues to Deliver Value, Safety and Quality to Its Customers

Apr 16, 2001, 01:00 ET from American Airlines

    FORT WORTH, Texas, April 16 /PRNewswire/ -- Recognizing 75 years of
 aviation industry leadership and innovation, American Airlines Chairman,
 President and CEO Don Carty is in Chicago today to commemorate the company's
 inaugural flight.  What began as a short flight from Chicago to St. Louis by a
 young Charles A. Lindbergh on April 15, 1926, has evolved into the world's
 largest airline.
     (Photo:  http://www.newscom.com/cgi-bin/prnh/20010416/DAM015 )
     Today, the more than 117,000 dedicated employees of American Airlines and
 American Eagle operate more than 4,100 flights per day to nearly 240 cities in
 50 countries, and maintain a combined fleet of 987 aircraft.  Through its
 membership in the powerful oneworld(TM) global airline alliance, American can
 offer service to 550 destinations in more than 130 countries around the world.
     "While we've made quantum leaps in technology, what's striking to me are
 the things that haven't changed at American," said Carty.  "In fact, the
 values that define American today -- safety above all, as well as culture,
 network, service and product excellence -- are the same values that have
 characterized our airline for three-quarters of a century."
     Celebrating the anniversary in St. Louis with both American and TransWorld
 Airlines (TWA) employees, American's senior vice president of human resources,
 Sue Oliver, also is on hand.  American's recent acquisition of TWA provides
 the airline with an important hub in St. Louis -- improving its position as an
 east/west carrier -- and adds nearly 20,000 employees, 183 airplanes and
 162 airport gates around the world.
     "By welcoming TWA into our American Airlines family, we will increase our
 employee base to nearly 140,000 worldwide," said Oliver.  "In addition, our
 fleet will be 1,170-aircraft strong, offering a more expanded and convenient
 flight network to all of our passengers."
     Recognized throughout the years as consistently being the first to take
 advantage of new aviation technologies, American Airlines continues to offer
 its customers valuable benefits to make air travel easier.
 
     -- Through its Flight Status Notification service (FSN), travelers can
        receive immediate notification of flight updates via their personal
        e-mail or wireless device.
     -- Roving Agents, employees who carry wireless hand-held devices that
        enable them to check-in passengers and issue bar-coded boarding passes,
        have significantly reduced lines at departure gates in select domestic
        airports.
     -- OneStop Self Service, a touch-screen application at free-standing
        kiosks which allows passengers to check-in for domestic flights,
        provides passengers with another desired check-in alternative at select
        domestic airports.
     -- Available at select domestic airports, Automated Gate Information
        Displays provide additional departure information and arriving flight
        information at the gate, thereby reducing the need to stand in line to
        ask questions of the gate agent.
 
     Always making a special effort to provide its customers with maximum
 comfort, American began removing thousands of Coach seats from its entire
 fleet in February 2000.  The industry-leading "More Room Throughout Coach"
 initiative resulted in greater seat pitch and more legroom for passengers.  To
 make it easier for passengers to stow and remove carry-on bags, American began
 an $80 million campaign in January 2001 to increase overhead storage
 capability on nearly 500 of its narrow body jets.  The new configuration will
 more than double the overhead bin capability on American's Boeing 757s.
     As a way to recognize its valued customers, American was the first to
 create a customer rewards program -- a concept that is now used by other
 airlines as well as a variety of other businesses.  The AADVANTAGE(R) Travel
 Awards program was introduced in 1981 to reward frequent travelers of American
 Airlines.  Members can acquire AAdvantage Miles in a variety of ways, from
 receiving one mile for every mile flown on an American or American Eagle
 flight to receiving miles for every dollar they spend at participating hotels,
 car rental companies, shops and restaurants.  Miles can be redeemed at any
 time for American Airlines ticket vouchers, gift certificates or fun things
 such as books, CDs and magazine subscriptions.
     In an effort to constantly provide its customers with more reach to more
 destinations, American Airlines recently closed its acquisition of the assets
 of TWA.  After the integration is complete, American will offer travel to more
 than 300 cities worldwide, expanding its robust global network.  American also
 launched two new nonstop international routes this year from San Jose, Calif.
 to Paris and Taipei.
     American Airlines, a pioneer in the commercial airline industry, is
 celebrating 75 years of excellence today ... on the ground and in the air.
     Current AMR Corp. (NYSE:   AMR) news releases can be accessed via the
 Internet.  The address is http://www.amrcorp.com/corpcomm.htm.
 
 

SOURCE American Airlines
    FORT WORTH, Texas, April 16 /PRNewswire/ -- Recognizing 75 years of
 aviation industry leadership and innovation, American Airlines Chairman,
 President and CEO Don Carty is in Chicago today to commemorate the company's
 inaugural flight.  What began as a short flight from Chicago to St. Louis by a
 young Charles A. Lindbergh on April 15, 1926, has evolved into the world's
 largest airline.
     (Photo:  http://www.newscom.com/cgi-bin/prnh/20010416/DAM015 )
     Today, the more than 117,000 dedicated employees of American Airlines and
 American Eagle operate more than 4,100 flights per day to nearly 240 cities in
 50 countries, and maintain a combined fleet of 987 aircraft.  Through its
 membership in the powerful oneworld(TM) global airline alliance, American can
 offer service to 550 destinations in more than 130 countries around the world.
     "While we've made quantum leaps in technology, what's striking to me are
 the things that haven't changed at American," said Carty.  "In fact, the
 values that define American today -- safety above all, as well as culture,
 network, service and product excellence -- are the same values that have
 characterized our airline for three-quarters of a century."
     Celebrating the anniversary in St. Louis with both American and TransWorld
 Airlines (TWA) employees, American's senior vice president of human resources,
 Sue Oliver, also is on hand.  American's recent acquisition of TWA provides
 the airline with an important hub in St. Louis -- improving its position as an
 east/west carrier -- and adds nearly 20,000 employees, 183 airplanes and
 162 airport gates around the world.
     "By welcoming TWA into our American Airlines family, we will increase our
 employee base to nearly 140,000 worldwide," said Oliver.  "In addition, our
 fleet will be 1,170-aircraft strong, offering a more expanded and convenient
 flight network to all of our passengers."
     Recognized throughout the years as consistently being the first to take
 advantage of new aviation technologies, American Airlines continues to offer
 its customers valuable benefits to make air travel easier.
 
     -- Through its Flight Status Notification service (FSN), travelers can
        receive immediate notification of flight updates via their personal
        e-mail or wireless device.
     -- Roving Agents, employees who carry wireless hand-held devices that
        enable them to check-in passengers and issue bar-coded boarding passes,
        have significantly reduced lines at departure gates in select domestic
        airports.
     -- OneStop Self Service, a touch-screen application at free-standing
        kiosks which allows passengers to check-in for domestic flights,
        provides passengers with another desired check-in alternative at select
        domestic airports.
     -- Available at select domestic airports, Automated Gate Information
        Displays provide additional departure information and arriving flight
        information at the gate, thereby reducing the need to stand in line to
        ask questions of the gate agent.
 
     Always making a special effort to provide its customers with maximum
 comfort, American began removing thousands of Coach seats from its entire
 fleet in February 2000.  The industry-leading "More Room Throughout Coach"
 initiative resulted in greater seat pitch and more legroom for passengers.  To
 make it easier for passengers to stow and remove carry-on bags, American began
 an $80 million campaign in January 2001 to increase overhead storage
 capability on nearly 500 of its narrow body jets.  The new configuration will
 more than double the overhead bin capability on American's Boeing 757s.
     As a way to recognize its valued customers, American was the first to
 create a customer rewards program -- a concept that is now used by other
 airlines as well as a variety of other businesses.  The AADVANTAGE(R) Travel
 Awards program was introduced in 1981 to reward frequent travelers of American
 Airlines.  Members can acquire AAdvantage Miles in a variety of ways, from
 receiving one mile for every mile flown on an American or American Eagle
 flight to receiving miles for every dollar they spend at participating hotels,
 car rental companies, shops and restaurants.  Miles can be redeemed at any
 time for American Airlines ticket vouchers, gift certificates or fun things
 such as books, CDs and magazine subscriptions.
     In an effort to constantly provide its customers with more reach to more
 destinations, American Airlines recently closed its acquisition of the assets
 of TWA.  After the integration is complete, American will offer travel to more
 than 300 cities worldwide, expanding its robust global network.  American also
 launched two new nonstop international routes this year from San Jose, Calif.
 to Paris and Taipei.
     American Airlines, a pioneer in the commercial airline industry, is
 celebrating 75 years of excellence today ... on the ground and in the air.
     Current AMR Corp. (NYSE:   AMR) news releases can be accessed via the
 Internet.  The address is http://www.amrcorp.com/corpcomm.htm.
 
 SOURCE  American Airlines