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...


As previously announced, American begins service in April and May to San Jose, Costa Rica; Madrid, Spain; and Manchester, England. Previously announced non-stop service to Austin, Texas, will begin in July.

American also announced it will add twice-daily, nonstop service to and from Fort Lauderdale, Fla., in November and increase daily frequencies to Orlando, Fla.; Las Vegas, Nev.; and Miami effective in November.

American Eagle previously announced daily round-trip service on regional jets to and from Columbus, Ohio, and St. Louis. American Eagle today announced twice-daily service to and from both Indianapolis, Ind., and Cincinnati, Ohio. In addition, American Eagle will begin one flight daily to and from Norfolk, Va. Those new flights will use Embraer regional jets and are slated to begin by year end. They will be assigned times so that customers can make easy connections to American's international flights. The airline will also assign the two-class CRJ-700s to upgrade existing routes from JFK, offering First Class service to Washington Reagan, Boston, and Toronto starting in early 2011.

All of the schedule changes for this year are reflected in the Company's existing seating capacity guidance for 2010.

LGA and JFK Facilities Improvements and Potential Co-Location of oneworld Partner British Airways in JFK's Terminal 8

American plans several improvements to its facilities at LaGuardia in addition to the Concourse D checkpoint expansion it completed in 2008 and the current installation of escalators to the baggage claim area. American has recently selected an architectural firm to undertake an extensive refurbishment of its LaGuardia Admirals Club location, which will include an upgrade of all of the club furnishings and finishes, as well as renovation of the restrooms and expansion of the seating areas. The interior of Concourse D will be renovated over a two-year period with all new ceilings, lighting, terrazzo flooring, wall panels and flight information displays. Once completed, these renovations will give the concourse a fresher, more open, and brighter feel.

After the Concourse D renovations are completed, American anticipates undertaking similar renovations in its Concourse C gate areas. American estimates the total cost of these LaGuardia improvements to be approximately $30 million.

American is currently looking at various options to connect the two concourses on the secure side of the terminal to allow its passengers flying out of Concourse C to easily access the Concourse D Admirals Club location.

At JFK, American has put out to bid a 3,000 square foot expansion of its existing 11,000 square foot Concourse C Admirals Club, along with some reconfiguration and refurbishment of the club, which was opened in 2005.

American Airlines and British Airways are currently evaluating a proposal by the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey to develop an expansion of the new state-of-the-art $1.3 billion international Terminal 8 to allow the airlines to co-locate their operations. Terminal 8 was designed by American expressly to meet the needs of modern customers traveling internationally, and the potential expansion and joint operation of the facility by American and British Airways would allow quick and easy customer connections from airline to airline. If agreeable financial terms can be reached with the Port, the potential co-location would benefit not only the airlines and their customers but the Port itself, which has been exploring various ways to expand JFK gate capacity.

Expanded Marketing and Advertising Plans, Partnership with NYC & Company

To ensure that American's customers are aware of its New York-market enhancements, the company plans a more comprehensive marketing and advertising effort in the region. In addition to advertising that is already planned, American has signed a partnership agreement with NYC & Company.

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