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    American Airlines Admirals Club Lounges Begin Wine Cork Recycling Program

    FORT WORTH, Texas, Aug. 24 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- As American Airlines Admirals Club(®) locations continue to celebrate its 70th birthday, all those recently popped corks are getting recycled.

    The Admirals Club lounge has partnered with ReCORK America and Sodexo to begin an environment-friendly recycling program to reduce the number of wine corks that end up in landfills.

    According to Amorim, sponsor of ReCORK America, more than 13 billion natural cork wine stoppers are produced worldwide for the wine industry each year. This new initiative, offered in every domestic Admirals Club lounge plus the San Juan location, will recycle natural wine corks - those made from cork material - used by the clubs or brought into the clubs by customers, by donating them to ReCORK America. In turn, ReCORK America will send them to manufacturers that can turn them into items such as shoe soles or flooring.

    "We are pleased to work with ReCORK America to recycle and reuse products that would normally be thrown away," said Nancy Knipp, President - Admirals Club. "Even small items such as wine corks, when recycled, can make a big difference to our environment."

    The Admirals Club lounges located in 24 cities will collect corks for the program: Dallas/Ft. Worth, Chicago O'Hare, Miami, New York LaGuardia, New York JFK, Boston, Los Angeles, St. Louis, San Jose, Washington Reagan National, Washington Dulles, Raleigh/Durham, Atlanta, Austin, Denver, Honolulu, Kansas City, Nashville, Newark, Orange County, Philadelphia, San Diego, San Francisco, and San Juan.

    "Natural cork wine closures are ideal for recycling because they are a truly sustainable resource, and one of the few forms of product packaging that is 100 percent recyclable, biodegradable and completely environmentally friendly," said Roger Archey, Spokesperson - ReCORK America. "Cork is also a natural retainer of CO2 and helps fight global warming."

    Lately, American's Admirals Club lounges have had a few more corks to recycle than usual as they toast their 70th birthday. In 1939, American Airlines opened the airline industry's first VIP lounge at LaGuardia Airport in New York. Today, seven decades later, more than 40 clubs are located worldwide.

    American, a founding member of the oneworld(®) Alliance, is inviting its customers to experience the Admirals Club legacy and help the airline celebrate 70 years of Admirals Club service by offering seven amazing prizes, including, but not limited to: a Lifetime Admirals Club Membership; a weeklong luxury vacation in Maui; one night at a Hollywood movie premiere; and one moment of magic in Orlando, Fla. Just for registering, customers receive a $70 savings offer on an annual Admirals Club membership - new or renewal. More details, including how to enter for a chance to win one of these great prizes, a calendar of celebration activities, a look back at the Admirals Club history, and much more can be found at www.aa.com/AC70years.

    About American Airlines

    American Airlines, American Eagle and AmericanConnection(®) serve 250 cities in 40 countries with, on average, more than 3,400 daily flights. The combined network fleet numbers more than 900 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. American Airlines is a founding member of the oneworld(®) Alliance, which brings together some of the best and biggest names in the airline business, enabling them to offer their customers more services and benefits than any airline can provide on its own. Together, its members serve nearly 700 destinations in more than 130 countries and territories. American Airlines, Inc. and American Eagle Airlines, Inc. are subsidiaries of AMR Corporation. AmericanAirlines, American Eagle, AmericanConnection, AA.com, We know why you fly and AAdvantage are registered trademarks of American Airlines, Inc. (NYSE: AMR)

    About ReCORK America

    ReCORK America is a wine cork recycling program sponsored by Corticeira Amorim of Portugal and Amorim's U.S. sales affiliates, Amorim Cork America and Portocork America. Information about ReCORK America can be found at www.recorkamerica.com.

    Tracing its roots to the 19th century, Corticeira Amorim has become the largest cork and cork-derived company in the world, generating over Euro 450 million in sales throughout more than 100 countries. Corticeira Amorim and its subsidiaries are an integral part of a conservation effort to guarantee the survival of hundreds of thousands of cork oak trees throughout the Mediterranean Basin. Amorim is proud of its contributions to the correct utilization of these important forests that represent a key role in CO2 retention, preserving biodiversity and preventing desertification. To learn more about Amorim and its sustainable business model, visit www.corkfacts.com or www.corticeiraamorim.com.

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