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American Airlines and American Express Global Business Travel Reach Direct Connect Understanding

American Express Global Business Travel would receive guaranteed direct long-term access to AA's fares, schedules, and customized travel products and services

FORT WORTH, Texas, Aug. 18, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- American Airlines (AA), a wholly-owned subsidiary of AMR Corporation, and American Express Global Business Travel, a division of American Express Travel Related Services Company, Inc., announced today that the companies have agreed in principle to explore a long-term arrangement for the benefit of their corporate clients. Under this arrangement, American Express Global Business Travel would receive guaranteed direct long-term access to AA's fares, schedules, and customized travel products and services via AA's direct connect link through aggregation technology for such content provided by one or more global distribution systems (GDSs). The arrangement is subject to the execution of a definitive agreement.

Other terms and conditions were not disclosed.

About American Airlines

American Airlines, American Eagle and the AmericanConnection® carrier 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, and AAdvantage are trademarks of American Airlines, Inc. (NYSE: AMR).

About American Express Global Business Travel

American Express Global Business Travel, a division of American Express Company, is a global industry leader in business travel and meetings management committed to helping businesses succeed through cost-effective program management, world-class customer service, and enhanced traveler productivity and support worldwide. Through leading online, offline and on-the-go solutions, consulting services, business insights and research, supplier negotiation expertise, and meetings and events capabilities, innovative services are delivered to clients to maximize their return on investment. Learn more at www.americanexpress.com/businesstravel interact with peers on www.businesstravelconnexion.com and follow us on http://www.facebook.com/businesstraveconneXion and www.twitter.com/btconnexion.

American Express operates one of the world's largest travel agency networks with locations in over 140 countries worldwide. Total travel sales volume processed in 2010 was $25.7 billion, including consolidated volume and non-consolidated volume processed through joint ventures and partner network.

American Express Company is a global services company, providing customers with access to products, insights, and experiences that enrich lives and build business success.

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