American Airlines Unveils First Phase of New $1.1 Billion Terminal at JFK Airport

Terminal Dedicated to American Airlines’ Employees

NEW YORK, July 27 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ — American Airlines today dedicated Phase I of a new, state-of-the-art $1.1 billion terminal at John F. Kennedy International Airport that will serve the needs of millions of domestic and international travelers for decades to come.

Gerard J. Arpey, American’s chairman and CEO, presided at a ceremony attended by about 200 government and civic leaders, customers, officials of countries served by American, labor union leaders, American employees and the media.

“This terminal represents one of the biggest, boldest — and most expensive — projects in American Airlines’ history, and it underscores our commitment to JFK and our determination to preserve its status as one of the world’s premier domestic and international gateways,” Arpey said.

American’s new terminal, the largest facility at JFK Airport housing a single airline, was designed to provide the most convenient and comfortable travel experience possible. In fact, American — which annually serves about 8.5 million customers at JFK Airport — over the past decade has invested in more airport facilities in the New York area than all other airlines combined.

Arpey dedicated the terminal to the men and women of American, presenting a plaque that reads: “American Airlines today dedicates its new Kennedy International Airport gateway terminal to the tens of thousands of American employees who have so proudly served the region’s air travelers for nearly 80 years. Through the dedication and commitment of these employees, American has blazed many trails, introducing the nation’s first cross-country jet service from JFK in 1959 and establishing New York as one of the world’s leading air transport centers.”

Noting American’s long and fruitful relationship with the city, Arpey said: “New York is important to American Airlines for many reasons. A huge number of our customers live here; it’s one of the world’s top tourist destinations; and as a gateway from the United States to the rest of the world, it plays a very important strategic role in our global network.

“But just as important, New York is home to 8,500 members of our team. And our billion-dollar-plus investment in this terminal affirms — not just our belief in New York and its future — but also the faith we have in our people, and our pride in the care they provide our customers every day,” Arpey said.

Elected officials representing Greater New York offered comments about the new terminal.

New York State Governor George E. Pataki said: “American Airlines has been a mainstay for New York State and New York City, providing unmatched air travel, creating thousands of jobs, pumping billions of dollars into the economy and making significant cultural and philanthropic contributions. American’s stunning new terminal at JFK Airport will serve the needs of the City and State for decades to come.”

“I congratulate American Airlines on their $1.1 billion new terminal at JFK International Airport,” said New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg. “This terminal is a tremendous and prudent investment in New York City. We are the number one American destination for both domestic and international travelers and I am pleased that American Airlines is making such a sustained commitment to our City. With 8,500 employees, $3.8 billion in economic activity, the employment of more than 7,000 construction workers and a generous history of community involvement, American Airlines is an excellent corporate citizen.”

Congressman Gregory W. Meeks, whose district includes JFK Airport, said: “This dazzling new terminal is the result of enormous perseverance and dedication by American Airlines and its employees. It would have been easy for American to stop this project — which began in late 1999 — given the horrible events of 9/11, the devastating accident that occurred at this airport in November 2001 and the industry’s mounting financial losses during the past four years. However, this great airline moved forward despite many obstacles and did so using local talent from my congressional district to help construct one of the finest passenger terminals at any airport in the world! As American set the standard for nonstop transcontinental service at JFK some 45 years ago, today we celebrate as American Airlines launches a new standard of excellence for the traveling public with Kennedy’s newest crown jewel. I am proud to stand with the many thousands of American employees and retirees in my district to salute New York’s largest carrier, and the world’s largest airline: American!”

Helen Marshall, Queens Borough President, said: “I couldn’t be more pleased that American Airlines is opening this terrific, state-of-the-art terminal at JFK Airport. The travel convenience and economic activity will be great for Queens and beneficial for all of New York. It is a wonderful addition to our borough.”

Phase I of American’s new terminal features a dramatic, 57,000-square-foot ticketing lobby with a 65-foot ceiling and 67 ticketing positions. That lobby is linked to a sparkling Concourse C by a 250-foot underground tunnel served by escalators and moving walkways. The terminal offers an automated baggage- handling system with four baggage carousels, each with up to 250 linear feet for baggage pickup.

It also includes an 11,300-square-foot Admirals Club, with seating for 185 people. The Admirals Club provides the comfort that travelers the world over appreciate from American’s airport lounges and captures the distinctive history and flavor of New York. The new Admirals Club features vintage photographs depicting everything from construction workers atop skyscrapers to historic games at Yankee Stadium, Ebbetts Field and the Polo Grounds. The floor in the shower area is embedded with replicas of New York City manhole covers.

Phase I operations will begin on Aug. 24. The terminal will operate primarily the domestic flights now in American’s Terminal 9, which will close to accommodate Phase II construction. In addition, international departures to Tokyo, Brussels, Aruba and Bermuda will begin after Labor Day, with service to the Dominican Republic expected by year’s end. International arrivals at the new terminal will await the establishment of a U.S. Customs and Border Patrol facility in the main terminal, expected in 16-18 months.

American, in a separate announcement today, said it will begin service from JFK Airport to Newcastle, England, in May 2006. Overall, American currently provides service to 38 destinations from JFK, including 18 daily flights to the West Coast, and 49 daily flights overseas.

“This new terminal and American Airlines’ increased service to international destinations is good news for our AAdvantage members,” Arpey said. “AAdvantage, the largest and oldest frequent flyer program in the industry today, has more than 48 million members. When you look at all the new international flights American is adding elsewhere — service from Chicago to Delhi, India, beginning in November, plus other new routes this year from Chicago to Nagoya, Japan; Dallas/Fort Worth to Osaka, Japan; Boston to Shannon, Ireland; and our approval to fly from Chicago to Shanghai, China, next year — AAdvantage is more valuable than ever to its members.”

When Phase II of construction is completed in the spring of 2007, the terminal will cover 1.5 million square feet and provide 36 gates — 27 for jet operations, 19 of which can support arriving international flights — and nine for regional jets. Ten security lanes will be able to process nearly 1,800 passengers an hour, and 24 Self-Service Check-In kiosks will be provided, together with eight curbside check-in positions.

American Airlines has served the New York market for more than 70 years. The airline supports more than 128,000 jobs in the New York metro area and generates $3.8 billion annually in economic activity. American contributes to more than 50 charitable, community and cultural organizations in the New York area, providing countless volunteer hours, contributions, sponsorships and transportation to these organizations.

About American Airlines

American Airlines is the world’s largest carrier. American, American Eagle and the AmericanConnection(R) regional carriers 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(R) 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 575 destinations in 135 countries and territories. American Airlines, Inc. and American Eagle are subsidiaries of AMR Corporation (NYSE:AMR) .

AmericanAirlines, American Eagle, AmericanConnection, AA.com, AAdvantage and Net SAAvers & Special Offers are marks of American Airlines, Inc.

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American Airlines Unveils First Phase of New $1.1 Billion Terminal at JFK Airport

Terminal Dedicated to American Airlines’ Employees

NEW YORK, July 27 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ — American Airlines today dedicated Phase I of a new, state-of-the-art $1.1 billion terminal at John F. Kennedy International Airport that will serve the needs of millions of domestic and international travelers for decades to come.

Gerard J. Arpey, American’s chairman and CEO, presided at a ceremony attended by about 200 government and civic leaders, customers, officials of countries served by American, labor union leaders, American employees and the media.

“This terminal represents one of the biggest, boldest — and most expensive — projects in American Airlines’ history, and it underscores our commitment to JFK and our determination to preserve its status as one of the world’s premier domestic and international gateways,” Arpey said.

American’s new terminal, the largest facility at JFK Airport housing a single airline, was designed to provide the most convenient and comfortable travel experience possible. In fact, American — which annually serves about 8.5 million customers at JFK Airport — over the past decade has invested in more airport facilities in the New York area than all other airlines combined.

Arpey dedicated the terminal to the men and women of American, presenting a plaque that reads: “American Airlines today dedicates its new Kennedy International Airport gateway terminal to the tens of thousands of American employees who have so proudly served the region’s air travelers for nearly 80 years. Through the dedication and commitment of these employees, American has blazed many trails, introducing the nation’s first cross-country jet service from JFK in 1959 and establishing New York as one of the world’s leading air transport centers.”

Noting American’s long and fruitful relationship with the city, Arpey said: “New York is important to American Airlines for many reasons. A huge number of our customers live here; it’s one of the world’s top tourist destinations; and as a gateway from the United States to the rest of the world, it plays a very important strategic role in our global network.

“But just as important, New York is home to 8,500 members of our team. And our billion-dollar-plus investment in this terminal affirms — not just our belief in New York and its future — but also the faith we have in our people, and our pride in the care they provide our customers every day,” Arpey said.

Elected officials representing Greater New York offered comments about the new terminal.

New York State Governor George E. Pataki said: “American Airlines has been a mainstay for New York State and New York City, providing unmatched air travel, creating thousands of jobs, pumping billions of dollars into the economy and making significant cultural and philanthropic contributions. American’s stunning new terminal at JFK Airport will serve the needs of the City and State for decades to come.”

“I congratulate American Airlines on their $1.1 billion new terminal at JFK International Airport,” said New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg. “This terminal is a tremendous and prudent investment in New York City. We are the number one American destination for both domestic and international travelers and I am pleased that American Airlines is making such a sustained commitment to our City. With 8,500 employees, $3.8 billion in economic activity, the employment of more than 7,000 construction workers and a generous history of community involvement, American Airlines is an excellent corporate citizen.”

Congressman Gregory W. Meeks, whose district includes JFK Airport, said: “This dazzling new terminal is the result of enormous perseverance and dedication by American Airlines and its employees. It would have been easy for American to stop this project — which began in late 1999 — given the horrible events of 9/11, the devastating accident that occurred at this airport in November 2001 and the industry’s mounting financial losses during the past four years. However, this great airline moved forward despite many obstacles and did so using local talent from my congressional district to help construct one of the finest passenger terminals at any airport in the world! As American set the standard for nonstop transcontinental service at JFK some 45 years ago, today we celebrate as American Airlines launches a new standard of excellence for the traveling public with Kennedy’s newest crown jewel. I am proud to stand with the many thousands of American employees and retirees in my district to salute New York’s largest carrier, and the world’s largest airline: American!”

Helen Marshall, Queens Borough President, said: “I couldn’t be more pleased that American Airlines is opening this terrific, state-of-the-art terminal at JFK Airport. The travel convenience and economic activity will be great for Queens and beneficial for all of New York. It is a wonderful addition to our borough.”

Phase I of American’s new terminal features a dramatic, 57,000-square-foot ticketing lobby with a 65-foot ceiling and 67 ticketing positions. That lobby is linked to a sparkling Concourse C by a 250-foot underground tunnel served by escalators and moving walkways. The terminal offers an automated baggage- handling system with four baggage carousels, each with up to 250 linear feet for baggage pickup.

It also includes an 11,300-square-foot Admirals Club, with seating for 185 people. The Admirals Club provides the comfort that travelers the world over appreciate from American’s airport lounges and captures the distinctive history and flavor of New York. The new Admirals Club features vintage photographs depicting everything from construction workers atop skyscrapers to historic games at Yankee Stadium, Ebbetts Field and the Polo Grounds. The floor in the shower area is embedded with replicas of New York City manhole covers.

Phase I operations will begin on Aug. 24. The terminal will operate primarily the domestic flights now in American’s Terminal 9, which will close to accommodate Phase II construction. In addition, international departures to Tokyo, Brussels, Aruba and Bermuda will begin after Labor Day, with service to the Dominican Republic expected by year’s end. International arrivals at the new terminal will await the establishment of a U.S. Customs and Border Patrol facility in the main terminal, expected in 16-18 months.

American, in a separate announcement today, said it will begin service from JFK Airport to Newcastle, England, in May 2006. Overall, American currently provides service to 38 destinations from JFK, including 18 daily flights to the West Coast, and 49 daily flights overseas.

“This new terminal and American Airlines’ increased service to international destinations is good news for our AAdvantage members,” Arpey said. “AAdvantage, the largest and oldest frequent flyer program in the industry today, has more than 48 million members. When you look at all the new international flights American is adding elsewhere — service from Chicago to Delhi, India, beginning in November, plus other new routes this year from Chicago to Nagoya, Japan; Dallas/Fort Worth to Osaka, Japan; Boston to Shannon, Ireland; and our approval to fly from Chicago to Shanghai, China, next year — AAdvantage is more valuable than ever to its members.”

When Phase II of construction is completed in the spring of 2007, the terminal will cover 1.5 million square feet and provide 36 gates — 27 for jet operations, 19 of which can support arriving international flights — and nine for regional jets. Ten security lanes will be able to process nearly 1,800 passengers an hour, and 24 Self-Service Check-In kiosks will be provided, together with eight curbside check-in positions.

American Airlines has served the New York market for more than 70 years. The airline supports more than 128,000 jobs in the New York metro area and generates $3.8 billion annually in economic activity. American contributes to more than 50 charitable, community and cultural organizations in the New York area, providing countless volunteer hours, contributions, sponsorships and transportation to these organizations.

About American Airlines

American Airlines is the world’s largest carrier. American, American Eagle and the AmericanConnection(R) regional carriers 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(R) 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 575 destinations in 135 countries and territories. American Airlines, Inc. and American Eagle are subsidiaries of AMR Corporation (NYSE:AMR) .

AmericanAirlines, American Eagle, AmericanConnection, AA.com, AAdvantage and Net SAAvers & Special Offers are marks of American Airlines, Inc.

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