American Airlines Begins Large Regional Jet Flying With Embraer E-175 Aircraft

American Airlines Begins Large Regional Jet Flying With Embraer E-175 Aircraft

American's E-175s Feature 12 First Class Seats, Main Cabin Extra and Full-Size
Overhead Bins

PR Newswire

FORT WORTH, Texas, Aug. 1, 2013

FORT WORTH, Texas, Aug. 1, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- American Airlines today
launches new service with 76-seat Embraer E-175 large regional aircraft,
marking an important step in the airline's plan to diversify its regional
fleet. Announced earlier this year as part of a 12-year capacity purchase
agreement with Republic Airways Holdings, the aircraft will allow American to
better match customer demand in markets where, until today, it could only
offer larger mainline aircraft or smaller regional jets.

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The Embraer E-175 jets will be branded with the new American Eagle livery and
operated by Republic Airlines, a subsidiary of Republic Airways Holdings.
Beginning today, the aircraft will fly from Chicago O'Hare International
Airport (ORD) to Albuquerque International Sunport (ABQ), Louis Armstrong New
Orleans International Airport (MSY) and Pittsburgh International Airport
(PIT). American will expand its E-175 service as additional aircraft are
phased into operation. This will be done at a rate of approximately two to
three aircraft per month, with 47 E-175s expected to be in service by the
first quarter of 2015.

"For the first time in American Airlines history we are offering large
regional jet flying as an option," said Chuck Schubert, American's Vice
President – Network Planning. "In addition to strengthening our longstanding
partnership with Republic Airways, this is a strong step forward in the
diversification of our fleet and an important enhancement from one of our key
hubs. It's also great news for our customers, who will now have even more
flight choices and opportunities to travel in the First Class cabin."

American's E-175s feature a two-class configuration with 12 First Class seats
and 64 Main Cabin seats, including 20 with Main Cabin Extra (MCE). The E-175
has the largest First Class cabin in American's regional fleet and is the
first to feature Main Cabin Extra seating, offering customers more legroom and
priority boarding. The aircraft also features modern cabin elements including
full-size overhead bins, spacious lavatories, leather seating and adjustable
headrests.

Republic Airways, a longtime partner of American Airlines and the largest
operator of large Embraer jets, currently operates regional jet service for
American in Chicago with 15 Embraer E-140 aircraft through its Chautauqua
Airlines subsidiary.

"Preparing for this momentous event has involved hundreds of employees both at
Republic and American," said Republic Airways Executive Vice President and
Chief Operating Officer Wayne Heller. "I want to thank the team at American
and our people throughout our network who have worked so hard developing the
program for today's launch. We all are very much looking forward to growing
our longstanding relationship with American Airlines."

American's fleet plan calls for the transitioning out of smaller regional
aircraft such as ATRs and E-135s by the end of 2013. Deploying large regional
jets such as the E-175 allows American to more effectively compete by offering
customers more choices with the right-size aircraft to match market demand.

For more information on American's E-175 and other fleet plans, visit
aa.com/newplanes.

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, voted Airline Program of the Year at the 2013 Freddie
Awards, lets members earn miles for travel and everyday purchases and 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 840
destinations served by some 9,000 daily flights to nearly 160 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.

SOURCE American Airlines

Website: http://www.aa.com
Contact: Stacey Frantz, 817-967-1577, mediarelations@aa.com
 
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