American Airlines and Emirates Launch Interline Electronic Ticketing

FORT WORTH, Texas, Sept. 26 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ — American Airlines and Emirates Airline today launched interline electronic ticketing (IET), bringing the number of domestic and international airlines providing IET in cooperation with American to 30, and with Emirates to five. Customers can use a single electronic ticket (e-ticket) when their itineraries include travel on American and Emirates.

Interline e-tickets can be issued by American and Emirates through their respective reservation centers, at airport locations, ticket offices and travel agencies.

American Airlines offers interline e-ticketing convenience with many U.S. airlines — including Alaska Airlines, America West Airlines, American Trans Air, Aloha Airlines, Continental Airlines, Delta Air Lines, Hawaiian Airlines, Midwest Airlines, Northwest Airlines, United Airlines and US Airways. American also has interline e-ticketing agreements with all seven of its oneworld Alliance partners — Aer Lingus, British Airways, Cathay Pacific, Finnair, Iberia, LAN AIRLINES and Qantas. In addition, American has interline e-ticketing agreements with AeroMexico, Copa Airlines, Jalways, Japan Airlines, Japan Asia Airways, KLM, LANPERU, Mexicana Airlines and SN Brussels Airlines.

Besides American, Emirates offers interline e-ticketing with United, Continental, Delta and British Airways.

Nearly 95 percent of all American Airlines customers today travel on electronic tickets, moving quickly and easily through busy airports. E- tickets are the key to using American’s growing array of automated services, including the Flight Check-In(SM) feature on, AA Curbside Check-In and the more than 700 AA Self-Service Check-In(SM) machines provided at more than 85 airports. E-tickets cannot be lost or stolen and they make changes and refunds easier. IET enables easier transfer between carriers should a change of airline be necessary due to weather or other delays.

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.

About Emirates

Emirates is among the world’s fastest-growing, five most profitable and 20 largest international airlines. It is based in Dubai, a city that pursues an open-skies policy, with more than 110 airlines in free and fair competition. The airline operates services to more than 75 cities in 54 countries in Europe, North America, the Middle East, Africa, Indian subcontinent and Asia-Pacific, including two daily flights (as of November 7, 2005) to New York’s JFK. Since January 2004 Emirates has launched services to 10 new destinations, including the Seychelles, Seoul and Alexandria in the first half of 2005.

Since its launch in 1985, Emirates Airline has received more than 280 international awards in recognition of its efforts to provide unsurpassed levels of customer service.

The airline has experienced rapid and consistent growth, above 20 per cent a year on average and has been profitable for the last 17 years. Financially self-sustained and unprotected, Emirates carried 12.5 million passengers in the 2004-05 financial year — 2.1 million more than the year before — and declared a record US $637 million profit, an increase of 49 per cent over the previous year, on revenue of US $4.9 billion — US$1.3 billion more, or 36 per cent better than the year before.

Its 80 all wide-bodied fleet includes seven freighters and is among the youngest in the skies, with an average age of 55 months — over eight years less than the industry average. The airline plans to more than double its size by 2012.

Emirates presently has 93 aircraft pending delivery, worth nearly US$30 billion in list prices. This includes 45 Airbus A380s (two of them freighters), 25 Boeing 777-300ERs, 20 Airbus A340-600 HGWs, one A340-500 and two A310-300F freighters. Emirates announced the largest order in commercial aviation history at the 2003 Paris Air Show, when it added 71 new Airbus and Boeing aircraft worth US$19 billion to its order book.

The airline was the launch carrier for the new ultra long-haul A340-500, which started service on 1st December 2003 on the Sydney route. It also was the first airline to order the revolutionary A380-800 double-decker and will be the main launch carrier for the innovative A340-600 HGW. Emirates’ order for 45 A380s, which it will start receiving in the first quarter of 2007, makes it the largest customer of the Airbus super-jumbo.

Emirates has codeshare agreements with Air India, Air Mauritius, Continental Airlines, Japan Airlines, Philippine Airlines, Royal Air Maroc, South African Airways, SriLankan Airlines, and Thai Airways.

Emirates Airline includes Emirates SkyCargo and Destination & Leisure Management (D&LM), which manages Emirates Holidays, Arabian Adventures and Al Maha Desert Resort. The airline is part of the Emirates Group, which also includes associate companies Dnata, Mercator, Transguard and Galileo.

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