American Applauds Defibrillator Ruling; AA's Defibs Save Lives, Doctor Says

Apr 12, 2001, 01:00 ET from American Airlines

    FORT WORTH, Texas, April 12 /PRNewswire/ -- American Airlines -- the first
 U.S. airline to outfit its airplanes with automated heart defibrillators --
 applauded today's Federal Aviation Administration rule requiring all domestic
 airlines to carry defibrillators on their aircraft.
     "More than a dozen people are walking around today because defibrillators
 on American Airlines saved their lives," said Dr. David McKenas, corporate
 medical director at American.  "These machine have more than proved their
 worth in the air and on the ground."
     American began installing the defibrillators in its 719 airplanes in 1997,
 "and we've been so pleased with the devices that defibrillators are now
 installed at American's Tulsa maintenance base and at Dallas-Fort Worth
 headquarters."
     The FAA issued a final rule today requiring U.S. airlines to carry the
 defibrillators and enhanced emergency medical kits on all domestic and
 international flights within three years.  The FAA today also required
 airlines to carry enhanced on-board medical kits based on a standard set by
 American Airlines.  The medical kits include new medicines and other devices
 not previously required.
     More Room For More Coach Passengers ... Only On American Airlines
     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 12 /PRNewswire/ -- American Airlines -- the first
 U.S. airline to outfit its airplanes with automated heart defibrillators --
 applauded today's Federal Aviation Administration rule requiring all domestic
 airlines to carry defibrillators on their aircraft.
     "More than a dozen people are walking around today because defibrillators
 on American Airlines saved their lives," said Dr. David McKenas, corporate
 medical director at American.  "These machine have more than proved their
 worth in the air and on the ground."
     American began installing the defibrillators in its 719 airplanes in 1997,
 "and we've been so pleased with the devices that defibrillators are now
 installed at American's Tulsa maintenance base and at Dallas-Fort Worth
 headquarters."
     The FAA issued a final rule today requiring U.S. airlines to carry the
 defibrillators and enhanced emergency medical kits on all domestic and
 international flights within three years.  The FAA today also required
 airlines to carry enhanced on-board medical kits based on a standard set by
 American Airlines.  The medical kits include new medicines and other devices
 not previously required.
     More Room For More Coach Passengers ... Only On American Airlines
     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