250,000 American Airlines Flights Benefit from Weathernews'

Advanced Weather Solutions 
Business Editors
SAN FRANCISCO--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Sept. 30, 2003 
CONTACT:
Weathernews Americas Inc.
Meredith Schindehette, 415-848-5215
merediths@wni.com
 or
American Airlines
Corporate Communications, 817-967-1577
corp.comm@aa.com 
Full-Service Weather Company Delivers Decision-Support and Risk 
Communications to World's Largest Airline Ahead of Schedule 
Weathernews Americas Inc., a subsidiary of Weathernews, Inc., the
world's largest, publicly-traded, full-service weather company, today
announced that after two months of complete service to American
Airlines (NYSE:AMR), it has provided advanced meteorological services
for over 250,000 American Airlines and American Eagle flights. On July
28, 2003, Weathernews took over all the weather services formerly
provided by an in-house American Airlines meteorology team and began
delivering a complete, weather risk communications and
decision-support solution to the airlines' flight operations. 
"American Airlines is very happy with the smooth transition to
Weathernews from our own in-house meteorology department," said Robert
Cordes, Vice President Operations Planning and Performance at American
Airlines. "Weathernews is a true partner with us, and we are working
closely together to develop innovative solutions for all facets of our
operations, from new dispatcher solutions to pilot and flight crew
services." 
Currently, Weathernews supports more than 3,900 American Airlines
and American Eagle flights each day from its new aviation service
center in Norman, Oklahoma. Staffing the center is a group of highly
trained personnel with extensive aviation experience coming from a
variety of aviation weather positions, including the meteorology
departments at American Airlines, Delta Airlines, the U.S. Air Force,
and the U.S. Navy. They focus on helping airlines make decisions to
maintain and enhance flight safety, improve operational efficiency and
increase passenger comfort and convenience. To accomplish these goals,
they provide Weathernews' airline clients with a full-service
offering, including risk communications and decision-support services,
for nearly every person within an airline's operations from flight
dispatchers and AOC managers to pilots and airport managers. 
"We are pleased that not only have we begun providing risk
communication services to the world's largest carrier, but that we
were able to do so ahead of schedule," said Jeremy Usher, president
and CEO of Weathernews Americas Inc. "We are happy that American
Airlines has become our partner in developing better aviation
products, and we believe other airlines will see the benefits of
working with us to do the same for their operations." 
Weathernews has developed a complete aviation solution available
to commercial airlines that delivers not just weather information, but
interactive communications on how to mitigate their weather risk. The
solution includes live, interactive briefings with experienced
meteorologists and risk communicators, information products detailing
commercial-aviation-centered forecasts, and easy-to-read weather
graphics. From flight-by-flight decisions, like Minimum Equipment
Lists (MEL) and alternate airports, to system and hub integrity
decisions, like ground delays and equipment scheduling, Weathernews
offers proactive decision-support services to enable airline staff to
make more sound decisions, faster and with more confidence than
before. In addition, through partnerships in the weather and aviation
industries as well as with its airline clients, like American
Airlines, Weathernews is continually researching and developing new
products for pilots, flight crews, dispatcher and other airline staff
members. 
About Weathernews Americas Inc. 
Weathernews Americas Inc. is a wholly-owned subsidiary of
Weathernews, Inc. Based in Japan, Weathernews, Inc. is the world's
largest, publicly-traded, full-service weather company. A global
organization with 36 offices in 13 countries, Weathernews delivers
customized, easy-to-use risk communication services to businesses and
individuals whose lives or livelihoods are affected by the weather.
Currently, Weathernews delivers weather information, analysis and risk
communication services to some of the largest companies in
agriculture, aviation, energy, marine, media, offshore oil and retail.
For more information, please visit our Web site at
www.us.weathernews.com. 
About American Airlines 
American Airlines is the world's largest carrier. American, in
concert with American Eagle and the AmericanConnection regional
carriers, makes up the American Airlines network. Together, they serve
250 cities in 41 countries and territories with approximately 4,400
daily flights. The combined network fleet numbers more than 1,100
aircraft. American's award-winning Web site, AA.com, provides users
with easy access to check and book fares, plus personalized news,
information and travel offers. Only American provides More Room
Throughout Coach for more Coach passengers. American Airlines is a
founding member of the oneworld Alliance.
 
 
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