American Eagle to Begin Service Between New York-LaGuardia and Des Moines, Iowa

FORT WORTH, Texas, April 4 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ — American Eagle, the regional affiliate of American Airlines, will add nonstop service between New York LaGuardia Airport and Des Moines International Airport, beginning June 15, 2006. American Eagle will operate one daily round-trip flight six days a week between the two cities, using 37-seat Embraer 135 regional jet aircraft.

“American Eagle is pleased to add another new Midwest destination to our existing New York service,” said Peter Bowler, President of American Eagle. “Iowa travelers will have convenient access to New York, complementing American Eagle’s existing service from Des Moines to Chicago and Dallas/Fort Worth.”

“A direct flight between Des Moines and New York City will be a great benefit to Iowans,” said Sen. Charles Grassley (R-Iowa). “This direct and daily flight to the ‘Big Apple’ from the heart of Iowa will make trips more productive for businesses and more convenient for vacationers.”

“I am thrilled that American Eagle will soon begin non-stop service between Iowa’s capital and New York City,” said Sen. Tom Harkin (D-Iowa). “This is good news for Iowa business travelers because it saves time and money. Bringing new non-stop flights to New York City also improves our ability to attract new businesses and create high-paying jobs. I am pleased to support this service and expect that it will be very successful.”

“As a member of the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee’s Subcommittee on Aviation, I’m pleased my continuing efforts to promote expanded air service to Des Moines have been realized,” said Rep. Leonard Boswell (D-Iowa). “This new service particularly helps the business traveler who may want to arrive and return in the same day.”

“This is tremendous news not only for central Iowa, but air travelers statewide,” said Craig Smith, Aviation Director for Des Moines International Airport. “As more passengers use this airport, we can attract more opportunities for additional service.”

The schedule for the new service is as follows (all times local):

Des Moines to New York LaGuardia (DSM-LGA)

Flight Departs Arrives Days
4821* 6:00 a.m. 9:34 a.m. Daily, except Sun.
*Effective June 16, 2006

New York LaGuardia to Des Moines (LGA-DSM)

Flight Departs Arrives Days
4822 6:00 p.m. 10:02 p.m. Daily, except Sat.

About American Eagle

American Eagle is the largest U.S. regional airline, operating over 1,700 daily flights to more than 140 cities throughout the United States, Canada, the Bahamas, Mexico and the Caribbean on behalf of 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 3,900 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 135 countries and territories. American Airlines and American Eagle are units of the AMR Corporation (NYSE:AMR) .

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