American Airlines Expands Cashless Cabins to All Flights

Jan 14, 2010, 11:30 ET from American Airlines

FORT WORTH, Texas, Jan. 14 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Effective Feb. 1, American Airlines, a founding member of the global oneworld® Alliance, will be cashless onboard all flights. American will accept Citi® / AAdvantage® MasterCard, as well as other major credit and debit cards, for purchases made inflight. Cash will not be accepted.

In an effort to streamline the inflight sales process, American first implemented cashless cabins on flights within the continental United States, as well as flights to and from Hawaii, Alaska, and Canada in June 2009.

"The implementation of cashless cabins on select flights last summer has simplified the inflight transaction process for both customers and flight attendants," said Lauri Curtis, American's Vice President – Onboard Service. "For this reason, we look forward to going cashless onboard all American Airlines flights on Feb. 1."

Flight attendants utilize a hand-held Onboard Sales Recorder, devices American has used since May 2006, to charge credit and debit cards, eliminating the need to search for small bills or change. Receipts are provided to passengers upon request.

American Eagle and AmericanConnection flights will continue to accept only cash for onboard purchases.

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American Airlines, American Eagle and AmericanConnection® serve 250 cities in 40 countries with, on average, more than 3,400 daily flights. The combined network fleet numbers more than 900 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® 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 more than 130 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 and AAdvantage are registered trademarks of American Airlines, Inc. (NYSE: AMR)

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