American Airlines Announces New Premium Class Menus for Transcontinental and Select Brazilian Flights


Airline Also Expands Popular Buy on Board Program to More Domestic Flights and on Select Flights to Venezuela

FORT WORTH, Texas, Jan. 30 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ — American Airlines today announced new First Class and Business Class menus on all transcontinental flights, as well as on select flights from Brazil. The menu enhancements continue a series of moves by American to invest in its premium cabin products that give it a competitive advantage over low cost carriers, as well as enable it to compete effectively with international airlines.

Developed by Conclave Chef Nancy Brussat-Barocci of Convito Italiano & Betise in Wilmette, Ill., the new transcontinental menu options will be offered for breakfast, lunch and dinner, as well as the midnight snack service on overnight flights. This is the first time American has completely revamped its transcontinental menus since 1999. On Jan. 1, 2006, new breakfast and lunch menus replaced existing menus. Beginning Feb. 1, new dinner and midnight snack menus will replace existing menus on the transcontinental routes.

Last year, American introduced new premium class menus for flights between the United States and Europe and announced plans to add lie-flat Business Class seats to its Boeing 767-300 and 777 aircraft. The airline also announced plans to replace existing first class seats with its popular Flagship Suite product on 20 of its 777 aircraft. In addition to the transcontinental menu changes, American recently implemented new menu items on flights departing from Rio De Janeiro and Sao Paulo in Brazil.

“The decision to redesign our premium class menu offerings is one way American is ensuring we provide our First Class and Business Class customers with quality and variety in their travel experience,” said Mary McKee, American’s Managing Director — Inflight Products. “With new and health- conscious choices, we’re giving our premium class customers the products and services we know they appreciate and value.”

Throughout First and Business Class, dining and beverage options are complimentary. New transcontinental dinner entrees in First Class include beef filet with (Japanese) miso demi-glace and cilantro potatoes; salmon with sweet potatoes and haricot vert carrot medley; and grilled chicken breast with vegetable canneloni and broccolini. Business Class passengers will feast on dinner entrees including tortellini with red roasted peppers; beef fillet with madiera demi, augratin potatoes and asparagus; and beef torta roma with spinach gnocchi and a mushroom beef sauce. In addition to the ever-popular ice cream sundaes, grand marnier fruit has been added as a First Class dessert option, and seasonal fresh fruit as a Business Class dessert option.

The new lunch menu features soups, salads and sandwiches. Examples of the new soups include navy bean with portobello mushrooms, asiago with garlic croutons, cream of chicken with wild rice and corn chowder with red peppers. Sandwich choices consist of a roast beef au jus or roasted chicken.

The breakfast menu features morning favorites such as a cheese vegetable omelet with fire roasted turkey sausage, basil pesto potato wedges and fire roasted pepper sauce; and a three-cheese omelet with saffron onions and potato sausage hash. In addition, for late-night snackers, fruit and cheese and antipasto plates are among the new offerings.

The new Brazilian menu items include grilled halibut with grilled tomato and olive tapenade and parmesan cheese crusted chicken. New entrees for the main cabin include the introduction of beef stew and chicken casserole.

Food on Board Expansion

American Airlines continues to expand the popular Food on Board snack box program, launched in February 2005, for passengers to purchase in the main cabin. Recently American added snack boxes to flights between San Juan and Baltimore, Philadelphia and Washington, Dulles, as well flights between Mexico City and Dallas/Fort Worth, Miami and Chicago. Snack boxes are now available on more than 700 domestic routes longer than three hours, on transcontinental and Hawaii flights, as well as select international flights and most American Eagle flights within the United States.

In March, snack boxes will be available on San Juan flights between Boston, Hartford/Windor Locks, CT, Dallas/Fort Worth, Los Angeles, and Chicago. In addition, American will introduce snack boxes and sandwiches on Miami flights to Venezuela destinations of Caracas and Maracaibo.

The morning snack box includes a Honey Maid(TM) Soft Baked Snack Bar, Gourmet Center(TM) Biscoff Cookies, Ocean Spray(R) Craisins(R), Jacob’s Crackers(TM), Le Petit Fromage and Kings(R) Golden Granola(TM) Mix. The afternoon snack box contains Pepperidge Farm(R) Goldfish(R), O’Brien’s(R) Cured Meat Stick, Ocean Spray(R) Craisins(R), Jacob’s Crackers(TM), Lorna Doone(R) Cookies, Le Petit Fromage and Emerald(R) Deluxe Mixed Nuts. Snack boxes are available for $4.

American also offers morning sandwiches/wraps for purchase on select flights departing from 6 a.m. to 9:59 a.m. and afternoon sandwiches/wraps for purchase on select flights departing between 10 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. In San Juan, sandwiches/wraps will be available on flights between Dallas/Fort Worth, Los Angeles, and Chicago beginning this March.

About American Airlines

American Airlines is the world’s largest airline. American, American Eagle and AmericanConnection(R) serve 250 cities in over 40 countries with more than 3,900 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(sm) 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 Airlines, Inc. are subsidiaries of AMR Corporation (NYSE:AMR) . American Airlines, American Eagle, AmericanConnection, AA.com and AAdvantage are registered trademarks of American Airlines, Inc.

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