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Brazil is an extremely important part of our airline’s route network. With the exception of the United States and Mexico, there is no other country where we fly to as many destinations. These include Rio de Janeiro, São Paulo, Salvador, Recife, Belo Horizonte, Brasília, Manaus and, since last year, Curitiba and Porto Alegre. The addition of these two communities, which along with our other destination cities in Brazil will host World Cup matches, reflects our commitment to build the world’s greatest airline by providing our customers expanded travel options through a growing network footprint. The opening of new Admirals Club lounges in São Paulo and Rio de Janeiro next year is another step in our commitment to providing our customers with more places to relax and recharge on their journeys with us.
The entry of TAM, Brazil’s leading carrier, into the oneworld alliance has opened the door to even more destinations in the country. On March 31, TAM and American’s merger partner, US Airways, entered oneworld, marking the largest expansion the alliance has seen since its inception. The addition of TAM consolidates oneworld’s position as the leading alliance for flights within Latin America and also strengthens American’s existing service to Latin America. The result: We offer customers greater travel options, convenience and more opportunities to earn and redeem AAdvantage miles.
All of us at American Airlines are excited about the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil and the upcoming 2016 Summer Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, which will bring many opportunities for Brazil, our airline and the oneworld alliance.
Whether your travels today are taking you to Brazil or to one of our other destinations around the globe, we hope you enjoy your trip. On behalf of the 100,000 employees of American Airlines, thank you for flying with us today. We hope to see you on a flight with us, TAM or one of our other oneworld partners again soon.