American Airlines Introduces Daily, Non-Stop Flights From Boston to Shannon, Ireland

Inaugurates New Service From Boston to Montreal and Resumes Seasonal Service From Boston to Paris and From Boston to Manchester, England

BOSTON, May 2 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ — American Airlines yesterday began direct, nonstop service between Boston’s Logan International Airport and Shannon, Ireland. American also inaugurated new, non-stop service yesterday between Logan and Montreal, and resumed seasonal non-stop service from Logan to Paris, and from Logan to Manchester, England.

“Boston to Shannon is a natural, both for Americans who want to enjoy the beautiful Shannon region and for Shannon-area residents who now have a convenient way to partake in the rich history and many great attractions that Boston and New England have to offer,” said Jim Carter, Regional Sales Director for New England of American Airlines.

“Our strong advance bookings show that this service is ringing a bell with travelers,” Carter said. “We are seeing healthy demand for this flight both from leisure and business passengers.”

While the new Shannon service began yesterday, the inaugural Boston- Shannon flight departs from Logan tonight, with a delegation of news media representatives, a Tourism Ireland official and representatives of American Airlines.

American is flying the Boston-Shannon route with 188-seat Boeing 757 with all-coach seating. The airline is operating the route on a daily basis during the peak summer travel season and five days a week the rest of the year. In flight, passengers will enjoy American’s award-winning International Flagship Service, featuring a selection of dining, beverage and entertainment options.

American also offers a fast and efficient cargo service on the Shannon flight, providing a better supply chain and faster distribution between the United States and Ireland. American already carries some 10 percent of air cargo between the United States and Ireland on services via other European countries.

Jim McGuigan, Executive Vice President for Tourism Ireland in the United States, said, “The travel destination product that Ireland offers to American travelers is of the highest quality. This year, more U.S. visitors will travel to the Emerald Isle than ever before. We are delighted to welcome American Airlines’ daily direct nonstop Boston-Shannon service, which we are confident will be a huge success with the airline’s customers across its network in the United States. It is with great enthusiasm that we welcome the inauguration of this important new air service into Ireland.”

Thomas J. Kinton, Jr., Massport Director of Aviation, said, “American Airlines’ new year-round service to Shannon, Ireland, and American Eagle’s new year-round service to Montreal, Canada, are valued additional international destinations to Logan Airport. Add to the mix, American Airlines’ seasonal service to Paris and Manchester, and we have more options for New England travelers to cities abroad.”

Patrick B. Moscaritolo, President and CEO of the Greater Boston Convention & Visitors Bureau, said: “With its new service to Shannon, American Airlines has decided to position Boston as a top international destination. We are excited about the business opportunities the new Shannon route will generate for Greater Boston’s hotels, restaurants and retailers, and we are delighted to partner with American in promoting this new service.”

Here are the schedules for American’s new Boston-Shannon routes (all times are local):

From Boston to Shannon (eff. May 1, 2005)
Flight # Departs Arrives
212 8:50 p.m. 7:40 a.m.
(Following Day)

From Shannon to Boston (eff. May 2, 2005)
Flight # Departs Arrives
211 11:05 a.m. 12:35 p.m.

Turning to American’s new service from Boston to Montreal, Carter said, “Montreal is a great city — both for tourists and those conducting business. A visit to Montreal is wonderful way to savor the flavor of Europe without leaving North America.”

American is flying the Boston-Montreal route with 37-and 50-seat Embraer Regional Jets with all-coach class seating.

Here are the schedules for American’s new Boston-Montreal routes (all times are local):

From Boston to Montreal (eff. May 1, 2005)
Flight # Departs Arrives
4477 8:25 a.m. 9:35 a.m.
4478 12:29 p.m. 1:35 p.m.
4479 4:05 p.m. 5:15 p.m.
4529 9:49 p.m. 10:55 p.m.

From Montreal to Boston (eff. May 2, 2005)
Flight # Departs Arrives
4521* 6:50 a.m. 8:07 a.m.
4493 10:10 a.m. 11:21 a.m.
4494 2:10 p.m. 3:23 p.m.
4527 5:45 p.m. 7:05 p.m.

* flight effective May 2, 2005

At Boston, Shannon and Montreal have become American’s — and American Eagle’s — 9th and 10th international destinations. They join London Heathrow; Toronto; Santo Domingo in the Dominican Republic; and Aruba in the Netherlands Antillies, all served year-round; and Cancun, Mexico; Providenciales in the Turks and Caicos; as well as Manchester and Paris, as noted, all served seasonally.

The Boston-Paris flight, which resumed yesterday, will use a Boeing 767- 300 aircraft, with 28 Business Class and 182 Coach Class seats. This flight will provide direct, daily non-stop service to Charles De Gaulle Airport, and will operate with the following schedule:

From Boston to Paris (eff. May 1, 2005)
Flight # Departs Arrives
146 6:10 p.m. 6:55 a.m.
(Following Day)

From Paris to Boston (eff. May 2, 2005)
Flight # Departs Arrives
147 1:40 p.m. 3:35 p.m

The Boston-Manchester, England flight, which also resumed seasonal service yesterday, uses a 188-seat Boeing 757 with all-coach seating — the same aircraft used for the new Boston-Shannon flight. Boston to Manchester, initiated last year, has become a popular service for New Englanders departing from Logan Airport, as well as New England-bound travelers in the northern part of the United Kingdom.

Below is the schedule for the Boston-Manchester route:

From Boston to Manchester (eff. May 1, 2005)
Flight # Departs Arrives
96 7:50 p.m. 7:10 a.m.
(Following Day)

From Manchester to Boston (eff. May 2, 2005)
Flight # Departs Arrives
95 10:00 a.m. 12:05 p.m.

American offers broad access to key destinations around the world as a founding member of the global oneworld Alliance, which also includes Aer Lingus, British Airways, Cathay Pacific, Finnair, Iberia, Lan Chile and Qantas.

About American Airlines in Boston

American Airlines and American Eagle offer the greatest number of flights and travel options of any airline flying out of Logan. From Boston, American and American Eagle operate more than 110 daily flights, together with additional weekend flights, to a total of 31 nonstop destinations. American employs 1,300 people in the Boston area.

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, AA.com, 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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