American Responds With Readiness to DOT’s Tentative Decision Awarding AA Authority to Fly to China in 2006

AA Looks Forward to Introducing Strong New Competition in U.S.-China Market With Start of Chicago-Shanghai Service on April 2, 2006, Subject to Government Approval

FORT WORTH, Texas, Feb. 22 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ — American Airlines will begin nonstop service from Chicago O’Hare International Airport to Shanghai, China, on April 2, 2006, subject to government approval. The announcement follows the tentative decision by the U.S. Department of Transportation to grant American the authority to fly to China from the United States. American will become the fourth U.S. passenger carrier to do so.

“We are especially grateful that the U.S. Department of Transportation has chosen American to fly from the U.S. to China, beginning in 2006,” said American’s Chairman and CEO Gerard J. Arpey. “For more than five years, we have wanted to fly to China and have believed that American’s service will provide the strongest possible competition in this growing marketplace. This award for new service starting in 2006 will be a big breakthrough for us in the Asian market.

“We also want to thank all of the members of Congress who supported American’s application, including House Speaker Dennis Hastert; the entire Illinois House delegation and U.S. Senators Dick Durbin, Barack Obama and Charles Grassley. We thank as well Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich; Chicago Mayor Richard M. Daley and thousands of civic, business, community and labor leaders,” Arpey added. “Many of those who supported our bid come from the country’s industrial and agricultural midsection where O’Hare Airport is the primary — and in some cases, the only link — to international markets.”

Arpey also extended a very special thanks to the thousands of American Airlines employees who wrote letters on the company’s behalf to key government officials. “Coming from the men and women who are closest to our customers, those letters had a powerful effect in persuading the government that American is the right choice for China service,” he said.

According to the Chicagoland Chamber of Commerce, more than 300,000 companies based in the Chicago region, including 34 Fortune 500 companies, also will benefit from Chicago to Shanghai service.

Shanghai will become the 21st international destination served by American from its Chicago hub and will complement American’s five routes between the United States and Tokyo and the new American flight between Chicago and Nagoya, Japan.

From Shanghai, American will offer convenient connections to several cities within China through its long-standing partnership with China Eastern Airlines, which is based in Shanghai and is that city’s largest carrier.

From its Chicago hub, American and American Eagle operate more than 510 daily flights to more than 110 destinations. From Chicago, American flies to Japan, Canada, Mexico, England, Scotland, France, Germany, Italy and Belgium.

About American Airlines

American Airlines is the world’s largest airline. American, American Eagle and the AmericanConnection(R) regional airlines serve more than 250 cities in over 40 countries with more than 3,800 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 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 more than 600 destinations in over 135 countries and territories. American Airlines, Inc. and American Eagle are subsidiaries of AMR Corporation (NYSE:AMR) .

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