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I want to start this column in the final month of the year by thanking you for your support throughout 2012. As you probably know, this has been a transitional year for American Airlines, and we are excited about the progress we have made building a new American. What’s more, I think you are going to be excited about what we have in store for you in 2013 and beyond.We have created a steady stream of industry-leading products and services, which includes the transformation of our aircraft fleet. The new American Airlines fleet is going to look and feel much different — and much better. You may have read about the historic aircraft order we placed last year with Boeing and Airbus, which will make ours the youngest and most fuel-efficient fleet in the industry. As we are rapidly bringing hundreds of new airplanes into the fold, we are also refreshing and improving the interiors of our current planes in a variety of important ways.

Of course, we know that where we fly is as important to you as what we fly, so we are moving forward on a number of fronts to provide you with new choices and enhanced access to the destinations that matter most to you, not only in the United States but around the world. One 2013 highlight I am looking forward to is the May launch of our first-ever service to Seoul, South Korea, from our hub at Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport. Seoul is one of the top 10 premium air-travel markets in the world, and this new service — which will be operated as a part of our joint-business agreement with Japan Airlines — builds on the significant growth we have achieved in Asia over the last few years. Travelers arriving from South Korea will be able to connect easily at DFW to dozens of cities in the U.S. and Latin America.

We’ll be spreading our wings in multiple directions in 2013. Across the Atlantic, we will begin ?flying between Chicago O’Hare and Düsseldorf, Germany, in April. This new route will operate as part of our joint-business agreement with British Airways and Iberia. We will also be codesharing with fellow oneworld partner airberlin, enabling our customers flying to Düsseldorf to easily connect to cities like Moscow; Tel Aviv, Israel; Nice, France; and others in the extensive airberlin ?network. In June we will add new service between New York JFK and Dublin, Ireland. This, of course, will further bolster our already-strong pattern of service out of JFK, where we offer almost 90 nonstop flights a day to nearly 50 cities in North and South America, Europe and Asia.To the south, we will be launching service between DFW and Lima, Peru, in April. American already provides more service than any other airline between the U.S. and Latin America, with more than 900 weekly flights to 49 destinations. With DFW–Lima in place, our customers will have access to 30 destinations in Mexico, Central America and South America from our largest hub. This added service will also further strengthen our relationship with LAN — another very important oneworld partner — and reinforce our commitment to Peru by providing easy access via DFW to many of the world’s foremost destinations, including our nonstop DFW-Tokyo service.

We’re looking forward to connecting the world like never before in 2013. But of course, we still have a lot of work to do before we can close the book on 2012. With that in mind, I want to take a moment to acknowledge and thank all the members of the American Airlines team who are working on or around the holidays. As you can imagine, every holiday season, thousands of my American colleagues spend time away from their families, friends and loved ones to make sure you and your fellow travelers are able to spend time with yours.

Standing on the threshold of a new year, I am pleased about our progress, especially what it means for our customers. For now, let me thank you on behalf of our entire team for flying with us today. Have a great trip!

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Thomas W. Horton
American Airlines