Advanced Weather Solutions Business Editors SAN FRANCISCO--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Sept. 30, 2003 CONTACT: Weathernews Americas Inc. Meredith Schindehette, 415-848-5215 email@example.com or American Airlines Corporate Communications, 817-967-1577 firstname.lastname@example.org 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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