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American Airlines, Texas Scottish Rite Hospital for Children Fly 13 Amputee Patients to Colorado for Annual Ski Event

 American Airlines, Texas Scottish Rite Hospital for Children Fly 13 Amputee
                  Patients to Colorado for Annual Ski Event

Trip Offers Teens Therapeutic Ski Activities and Life-Changing Experiences

PR Newswire

FORT WORTH, Texas, Feb. 7, 2013

FORT WORTH, Texas, Feb. 7, 2013 /PRNewswire/ --A special group of teenage
amputee patients from Texas Scottish Rite Hospital for Children will soon head
for the slopes of Winter Park, Colo. The group will fly via American Airlines
for the 32nd annual amputee ski trip, which is also supported by the
hospital's generous donors. This year, 13 teenagers will participate in the
all-expense-paid ski adventure at Winter Park's National Sports Center for the
Disabled (NSCD), one of the world's largest outdoor therapeutic recreation
facilities.

American Airlines in an official sponsor of the trip and is providing air
travel for the teens, medical staff and chaperones. The group will depart
Monday, Feb. 11, from Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport (DFW), for
Denver International Airport (DEN), and will return to DFW Airport on
Saturday, Feb. 16.

"At American Airlines, supporting children and their families is a primary
focus of our Kids in Need program," said Bernie Willett, American's Director –
Community Programs. "We're proud to partner with Texas Scottish Rite Hospital
for Children to provide air transportation for these inspiring young people to
experience the excitement of skiing and snowboarding, as well as the fun and
camaraderie of forming new friendships."

American Airlines employees, including members of its Abilities Employee
Resource Group (ERG), are hosting a special send-off party the morning of Feb.
11 for the teenagers and their families in Terminal C at DFW Airport.
Festivities will include a Wii snowboarding video game; a Coca-Cola ring toss
game; a Foosball table; visits from the American Airlines mascot, "Spirit";
refreshments provided by the Admirals Club^®; and brief welcoming remarks from
representatives of American Airlines and Texas Scottish Rite Hospital for
Children.

During their visit to the National Sports Center for the Disabled, the
teenagers will be paired with a volunteer instructor from the NSCD for a week
to learn to ski, engaging in such challenges as learning to carry their skis
in the snow while wearing their prostheses. The trip allows the patients the
opportunity to have fun while fostering a sense of self-confidence,
independence and discovery – attributes that can remain with these young
adults throughout their lives.

Dallas-based Texas Scottish Rite Hospital for Children, one of the nation's
leading pediatric centers for the treatment of orthopedic conditions,
encourages its patients to challenge themselves during this special ski
experience.

"Over the years, we have seen the incredible way that the sport of skiing
promotes self-confidence among our amputee patients," said Don Cummings,
Director of Prosthetics – Texas Scottish Rite Hospital for Children. "With the
proper adaptive equipment, many patients excel at the sport and, in fact,
skiing turns out to be one of their favorite activities. We're extremely
grateful to American Airlines and other generous donors for making this trip
possible and giving our patients the opportunity to discover a new passion
while overcoming challenges with other patients just like them."

This is the eighth consecutive year that American Airlines is providing air
transportation for the trip. Travel is being arranged through Miles for Kids
in Need^® – part of the American Airlines Kids in Need^SM program, which
provides support for a variety of purposes related to the well-being of
children and their families.

Founded in 1989, the American Airlines Miles for Kids in Need program offers
members of the American Airlines AAdvantage^® loyalty program the opportunity
to donate their unused AAdvantage miles to help provide air travel for
children and their families via partnerships with some of the world's foremost
entities dedicated to caring for children. The American Airlines Kids in Need
program supports numerous organizations, including Dana Farber Cancer
Institute, the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, Marine Corps Scholarship
Foundation, the Something mAAgic Foundation^® and Snowball Express.

To learn more about American's Community Programs, or to donate to American's
Miles for Kids in Need program, please visit www.AA.com/JoinUs.

About American Airlines
American Airlines focuses on providing an exceptional travel experience across
the globe, serving more than 260 airports in more than 50 countries and
territories. American's fleet of nearly 900 aircraft fly more than 3,500 daily
flights worldwide from hubs in Chicago, Dallas/Fort Worth, Los Angeles, Miami
and New York. American flies to nearly 100 international locations including
important markets such as London, Madrid, Sao Paulo and Tokyo. With more than
500 new planes scheduled to join the fleet, including continued deliveries of
the Boeing 737 family of aircraft and new additions such as the Boeing
777-300ER and the Airbus A320 family of aircraft, American is building toward
the youngest and most modern fleet among major U.S. carriers. American's
website, AA.com^®, provides customers with easy access to check and book
fares, and personalized news, information and travel offers. American's
AAdvantage^® program, one of the most popular frequent flyer programs in the
world, lets members redeem miles for flights to almost 950 destinations
worldwide, as well as flight upgrades, vacation packages, car rentals, hotel
stays and other retail products. The airline also offers nearly 40 Admirals
Club^® locations worldwide providing comfort, convenience, and an environment
with a full range of services making it easy for customers to stay productive
without interruption. American is a founding member of the oneworld^®
alliance, which brings together some of the best and biggest airlines in the
world, including global brands like British Airways, Cathay Pacific, Iberia
Airlines, Japan Airlines, LAN and Qantas. Together, its members serve more
than 900 destinations with more than 9,000 daily flights to 150 countries and
territories. Connect with American on Twitter @AmericanAir or
Facebook.com/AmericanAirlines. American Airlines, Inc. and American Eagle
Airlines, Inc. are subsidiaries of AMR Corporation. AMR Corporation common
stock trades under the symbol "AAMRQ" on the OTCQB marketplace, operated by
OTC Markets Group.

About Texas Scottish Rite Hospital for Children
Texas Scottish Rite Hospital for Children is one of the nation's leading
pediatric centers for the treatment of orthopedic conditions, certain related
neurological disorders and learning disorders, such as dyslexia. Admission is
open to Texas children from birth up to 18 years of age. Patients receive
treatment regardless of the family's ability to pay. For more information, to
volunteer or to make a donation, please call (214) 559-5000 or (800) 421-1121
or visit www.tsrhc.org.

SOURCE American Airlines

Website: http://www.aa.com
Website: http://www.tsrhc.org
Contact: Andrea Huguely, American Airlines, +1-817-967-1577,
mediarelations@aa.com, or Becky Britt, Texas Scottish Rite Hospital for
Children, +1-214-559-8476, becky.britt@tsrh.org
 
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