American Airlines Bolsters Commitment to New York by Enhancing Network, Schedule, Facilities and Fleet at New York's Airports

NEW YORK, March 31 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- AMERICAN EXPANDS NEW YORK NETWORK SERVICE AND PRESENCE BY: -- Announcing Partnership with JetBlue Airways for Key East Coast Gateways and More Connections to...

NEW YORK, March 31 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ --


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American Airlines is bolstering its service for customers in New York City by announcing today plans to add seven new destinations served by 23 additional flights to and from the city's two airports, enhancing the travel experience with upgraded aircraft, and providing customers with improved terminal facilities.

American also designated a new officer position that will have responsibility for airport operations and broad oversight of all the company's activities in the New York market. In addition, American announced an agreement with JetBlue Airways that will offer JetBlue customers simple connections to American's international flights and new convenient domestic flight options on JetBlue for American's customers in and out of New York and Boston.

American believes the network initiatives announced today will build passenger demand for its international network to Europe, Asia and South America, including its joint business with British Airways and Iberia between North America and Europe, which is expected to be approved by regulators and implemented later this year. When it is able to consult with British Airways and Iberia following regulatory approval, American expects to announce new international destinations to be added in 2011 at John F. Kennedy International Airport.

The enhancements build on American's "cornerstone" network strategy announced in September 2009. The strategy bolsters American's network in the New York, Dallas/Fort Worth, Chicago, Miami, and Los Angeles markets. These markets represent top U.S. commerce centers and are significant international gateways, which provide the best connections to American's global network and the networks of its partner airlines in the oneworld® Alliance.

Separately, American announced an expansion of marketing efforts with NYC & Company, the city's official marketing, tourism and partnership organization, to ensure that its valued customers in New York are aware of the latest improvements and future initiatives. American will work more closely with the city to attract additional visitors to New York City, an important shared goal for American and NYC & Company.

"Our announcements today demonstrate our strong commitment to New York, and we look forward to expanding that commitment in the months and years to come," said Gerard Arpey, Chairman and CEO of American Airlines. "We have a long history in New York, and we're going to grow those roots with new routes, new partnerships, even deeper local relationships, and the kind of service that New Yorkers expect and that will attract more visitors and commerce to the city."

Arpey noted that American's expanded commitment to the New York market extends beyond its schedule, operations and facilities -- to its people as well. The company has more than 11,000 employees and retirees who call New York home, and, as part of today's announcement, American said it has named Art Torno as Vice President -- New York, a position that will be responsible for airport operations and broad oversight of all of the company's activities in the New York market. Torno has been at American for more than 30 years, during which he served in numerous management roles with increasing responsibility.

"In Art Torno, the New York market is getting a talented and committed professional who will be devoted to the needs of the local market," Arpey said. "We are confident his presence will deepen our relationship with this great city and its customers."

JetBlue Agreement

American Airlines and JetBlue Airways today announced an agreement for commercial collaboration in New York and Boston that benefits customers of both airlines. The agreement will provide customers with interline service in non-overlapping markets, which will offer them more choices and convenient connections. The companies are also exploring other commercial cooperation.

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