American Airlines Introduces Solar-Powered Ground Equipment

New 'Zero-Emission' Technologies at Major Airports Are Part of Long-Term

Commitment to Healthy Environment



Apr 19, 2001, 01:00 ET from American Airlines

    FORT WORTH, Texas, April 19 /PRNewswire/ -- American Airlines today
 introduced the industry's first solar-powered ground service equipment as part
 of the airline's continuing commitment to a healthy environment in the
 communities it serves.  The introduction of the new solar-powered equipment
 comes on the heels of last month's announcement that American Airlines became
 the first airline to go "all-electric" with applicable ground-service
 equipment at El Paso International Airport, a community with severe air-
 quality concerns.
     (Photo:  http://www.newscom.com/cgi-bin/prnh/20010419/DATH054 )
     The new solar-powered equipment includes two fueling carts at Dallas/Fort
 Worth International Airport, the first of 13 to be immediately deployed
 throughout American's operations in Miami, San Francisco, Chicago and San
 Juan, Puerto Rico.  American plans to introduce more solar-powered fueling
 carts into service at numerous airports throughout the United States, as
 traditional vehicles are normally replaced.
     "We're proud to lead the industry in pioneering clean technologies," said
 American's Vice President of Safety, Security and Environment Tim Ahern.
 "Through investments in solar, electric and other innovative technologies,
 American has made a clear commitment to the environment and the communities we
 serve through a balanced, sustainable approach to our business practices."
     Each solar-powered fueling cart is 16 feet long, weighs 8,000 pounds,
 lifts up to 13 feet in the air, pumps 900 gallons of fuel each minute, and
 powers itself -- quietly, and with zero air emissions -- at up to four miles
 per hour.  The carts pump fuel from the airport's underground piping system
 into American's wide-body airliners.  When the sun isn't shining, the act of
 fueling a plane allows the cart to recharge its onboard batteries through
 electric alternators connected to the fuel-pumping system.  In addition to its
 environmental benefits, the solar-powered carts have substantially lower
 operating costs than traditional equipment.
     "Environmental stewardship is responsible business," Ahern said.
 "Ultimately, balancing economic viability with environmental performance will
 lead to the best long-term solutions for our communities and our customers."
     American Airlines demonstrates its commitment to balanced environmental
 stewardship through a wide range of environmentally friendly initiatives.  The
 airline also promotes corporate environmental awareness and accountability
 throughout the international airline industry.  At the same time, American has
 dramatically improved environmental awareness and safety by significantly
 increasing the number of personnel with environmental responsibilities at the
 corporate and station level.  For more information on American's environmental
 and safety initiatives, visit www.amr-ceres.com.
     American Airlines ... Committed to Environmental Responsibility.
     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 19 /PRNewswire/ -- American Airlines today
 introduced the industry's first solar-powered ground service equipment as part
 of the airline's continuing commitment to a healthy environment in the
 communities it serves.  The introduction of the new solar-powered equipment
 comes on the heels of last month's announcement that American Airlines became
 the first airline to go "all-electric" with applicable ground-service
 equipment at El Paso International Airport, a community with severe air-
 quality concerns.
     (Photo:  http://www.newscom.com/cgi-bin/prnh/20010419/DATH054 )
     The new solar-powered equipment includes two fueling carts at Dallas/Fort
 Worth International Airport, the first of 13 to be immediately deployed
 throughout American's operations in Miami, San Francisco, Chicago and San
 Juan, Puerto Rico.  American plans to introduce more solar-powered fueling
 carts into service at numerous airports throughout the United States, as
 traditional vehicles are normally replaced.
     "We're proud to lead the industry in pioneering clean technologies," said
 American's Vice President of Safety, Security and Environment Tim Ahern.
 "Through investments in solar, electric and other innovative technologies,
 American has made a clear commitment to the environment and the communities we
 serve through a balanced, sustainable approach to our business practices."
     Each solar-powered fueling cart is 16 feet long, weighs 8,000 pounds,
 lifts up to 13 feet in the air, pumps 900 gallons of fuel each minute, and
 powers itself -- quietly, and with zero air emissions -- at up to four miles
 per hour.  The carts pump fuel from the airport's underground piping system
 into American's wide-body airliners.  When the sun isn't shining, the act of
 fueling a plane allows the cart to recharge its onboard batteries through
 electric alternators connected to the fuel-pumping system.  In addition to its
 environmental benefits, the solar-powered carts have substantially lower
 operating costs than traditional equipment.
     "Environmental stewardship is responsible business," Ahern said.
 "Ultimately, balancing economic viability with environmental performance will
 lead to the best long-term solutions for our communities and our customers."
     American Airlines demonstrates its commitment to balanced environmental
 stewardship through a wide range of environmentally friendly initiatives.  The
 airline also promotes corporate environmental awareness and accountability
 throughout the international airline industry.  At the same time, American has
 dramatically improved environmental awareness and safety by significantly
 increasing the number of personnel with environmental responsibilities at the
 corporate and station level.  For more information on American's environmental
 and safety initiatives, visit www.amr-ceres.com.
     American Airlines ... Committed to Environmental Responsibility.
     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