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    American Airlines and airberlin Expand Codeshare Agreement

    FORT WORTH, Texas, June 20, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- American Airlines and future oneworld® alliance member, airberlin, have expanded their codeshare relationship to include airberlin's new service between New York's Kennedy International Airport and Berlin-Tegel. airberlin will fly the route four times per week.

    Global distribution systems will display the flights today for travel starting this Friday, June 24. With the addition of this new flight, the codeshare agreement between American and airberlin now encompasses the entire U.S. network of the second largest German carrier. airberlin launched its nonstop service - which operates Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays and Sundays - between JFK and Berlin on May 1.

    Ulf Huttmeyer, Chief Financial Officer airberlin, said, "The U.S. is an increasingly important market for airberlin with 26 weekly nonstop flights from our two German gateways, Berlin and Dusseldorf. The codeshare agreement with American Airlines will help airberlin to further strengthen our position in that growing market and allow airberlin passengers to make use of the extensive American Airlines network. We look forward to intensifying our partnership with American Airlines and signing more codeshares in the future."

    "airberlin is a valuable partner, and this new service will link American's JFK cornerstone with Germany's capital and airberlin's home base," said Virasb Vahidi, American's Chief Commercial Officer.

    American and airberlin have been codesharing since November 2010 on several trans-Atlantic, as well as U.S. domestic and intra-European flights. Recently, American added its code to airberlin flights in the following markets: Dusseldorf and Berlin – Miami and Dusseldorf – Fort Myers, Los Angeles, and San Francisco. airberlin recently added its code to American flights between Dallas/Fort Worth and Frankfurt, New York – JFK and Zurich as well as several U.S. domestic flights via American's cornerstone hubs at Los Angeles Miami, and New York – JFK.

    About American Airlines

    American Airlines, American Eagle and AmericanConnection® serve 250 cities in 50 countries with, on average, more than 3,600 daily flights. The combined network fleet numbers more than 900 aircraft. American's award-winning website, 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 approximately 900 destinations with more than 9,000 daily flights to 145 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 trademarks of American Airlines, Inc. (NYSE: AMR)

    About airberlin

    airberlin is Germany's second largest airline. The company has a workforce of 8,900 employees. In 2010 alone, airberlin received over 10 awards for service and quality. The fleet comprises of 170 aircraft with an average age of five years, making it one of the most modern fleets in Europe. The airline's state-of-the-art jets are highly fuel efficient, which contributes toward a long-term reduction in pollution emissions from aircraft. As one of the major European airlines, airberlin flies to 163 destinations in 39 countries. In 2010, the airline carried 33.6 million passengers. airberlin has signed up for membership to the global airline alliance oneworld® and is expected to become a full member at the start of 2012. airberlin has been offering flights under codeshare agreements with American Airlines and Finnair since November 2010.

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