American Airlines Announces New Nonstop Service Between Chicago O’Hare and Delhi, India

American Also to Codeshare With Air Sahara

FORT WORTH, Texas, July 12 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ — American Airlines announced today it will begin daily nonstop service between Chicago O’Hare International Airport and Delhi, India, on Nov. 15, 2005, subject to government approval. Delhi is India’s capital and third-largest city. The route is nearly 7,500 miles and will be the longest nonstop route in American’s growing international network. The airline will fly the route with its 236-seat Boeing 777-200 aircraft.

Serving the route is made possible by a new agreement between American and the Allied Pilots Association (APA) involving long-haul extended flying, announced earlier today. The United States and India announced in April an “Open Skies” agreement between the two nations.

“This new route is another step in our international growth strategy. Delhi is an important and vital city and India is one of the fastest-growing international markets for both passenger and cargo traffic,” said Henry Joyner, American’s Senior Vice President – Planning. “Also, our agreement with the APA to fly this route is another success in our Working Together process, which benefits the company, our customers and our employees.”

In addition, American announced it has entered into a Memorandum of Understanding to negotiate codeshare and frequent flyer agreements with India- based Air Sahara, which operates direct flights to 23 cities in India and is one of the most successful and fastest-growing private sector airlines in that country. The cooperative agreement, subject to government approval, will allow American’s customers to make easy connections throughout India. American will place its “AA” flight code on Air Sahara flights and Air Sahara will place its “S2″ code on American’s new service to Chicago and beyond destinations within the United States, Canada, Mexico and the Caribbean. Members of American’s AAdvantage and Air Sahara’s Cosmos frequent flyer programs will be able to earn and redeem frequent flyer miles on both airlines’ networks.

“Back in the mid-’80s, American created its mid-continent hub at O’Hare and quickly became the largest carrier to Great Britain and Europe from Chicago,” said Joyner.

“With the addition of this new flight, American and American Eagle will offer nonstop flights from Chicago to 125 cities in the United States, Canada, Mexico, Japan, Europe and the Caribbean. In April 2006, American begins nonstop flights to Shanghai, China, which will be the 23rd international destination served from O’Hare by American and American Eagle.”

Following is the tentative schedule for American’s new service between Chicago and Delhi, pending final arrival/departure slot assignments:

Chicago O’Hare to Delhi
Flight Departs Arrives
AA 292 9:10 p.m. (local time) 11:05 p.m. (local time + 1 day)

Delhi to Chicago O’Hare
Flight Departs Arrives
AA 293 1:30 a.m. (local time) 5:55 a.m. (local time)

About American Airlines

American Airlines is the world’s largest airline. American, American Eagle and the AmericanConnection(R) regional airlines serve more than 240 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) . AmericanAirlines, American Eagle, AmericanConnection,, AAdvantage and Net SAAvers & Special Offers are marks of American Airlines, Inc.

About Air Sahara

Air Sahara is based in Delhi and is part of the Sahara India Pariwar conglomerate and was formed in 1993. The airline operates up to 123 flights per day to 23 destinations throughout India. In March 2004, Air Sahara began scheduled international service with flights between Delhi and Colombo.

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