American Airlines and American Eagle Employees Help Raise a Half-Million Dollars During Katrina Telethon

FORT WORTH, Texas, Sept. 13 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ — More than 500 American Airlines and American Eagle employees helped raise a half-million dollars for Hurricane Katrina relief volunteering to answer phones at American’s reservation office in Fort Worth during last weekend’s telethon that was broadcast nationwide. This was one of the many efforts by several companies and organizations to help with the telethon.

Volunteers answered more than 8,200 calls bringing in $500,000 in donations. Employees and some of their family and friends volunteered their time for the effort, while American donated the use of its Southern Reservation Office just south of Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport.

“We consider ourselves very much a part of the communities we serve, and we care deeply about the people who were impacted. It is important to us to assist those who are in need,” said Bella Goren, American’s Vice President of Interactive Marketing and Reservations. “We have a long history, as a company and as individual employees, of pitching in to help out on many levels in the communities where we live and work.”

In addition to volunteering for the telethon, American and its employees have also taken a number of other actions to assist with hurricane relief efforts, including:

* American operated the first aircraft back into New Orleans after the
hurricane and just hours after the FAA certified the runway for use,
delivering relief supplies and evacuating people at no charge. Since
then, the airline has flown additional relief missions. The flights
have been staffed by volunteer employees.

* Evacuees from the rescue flight were given food, water, medical
supplies, and transportation upon their arrival at DFW, and pet food
was provided for all of their pets.

* The airline immediately established the “American Giving Katrina
Relief Fund” to gather donations from employees, and the American
Airlines Credit Union has created a special “Katrina Red Cross Fund”
to accept donations from members on behalf of the Red Cross. To date,
the combination of donated and matching funds exceeds $300,000 and is

* American has partnered with United Way of America to create the
Hurricane Katrina “Miles to Move Forward ” program, which will provide
assistance with air transportation for individuals displaced by the
storm. AAdvantage(R) members can donate miles through Dec. 31, 2005,
for evacuee travel needs. American kicked off the program with a
one-million mile donation.

* In addition, American established a program offering AAdvantage miles
for donations to the Red Cross. Through Sept. 30, 2005, AAdvantage
members will receive a one-time reward of 500 AAdvantage bonus miles
when donating $50 or more to the American Red Cross Hurricane Relief

“American sincerely thanks our people and our customers for all of their generous contributions of both time and money in the aftermath of this terrible disaster,” said Goren. “We will continue to do our part to offer assistance to help rebuild lives and communities devastated by this catastrophe.”

For more information on how you can help with Katrina Relief Efforts, log on to .

About American Airlines

American Airlines is the world’s largest airline. American, American Eagle and the AmericanConnection(R) regional airlines serve 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(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) . AmericanAirlines, American Eagle, AmericanConnection, and AAdvantage are registered trademarks of American Airlines, Inc.

AmericanAirlines(R) We know why you fly(SM)

Travel with American Express. Click Here to Apply:

Related Articles