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American Airlines and China's Hainan Airlines Launch New Codeshare Service
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FORT WORTH, Texas, March 22, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- American Airlines and Beijing-based Hainan Airlines have implemented their new codeshare agreement, providing significant growth opportunities for American in China and for Hainan in the United States. Customers can now book these new codeshare flights for travel beginning March 25.

The codeshare relationship complements American's existing service to China. Currently, American operates nonstop service in three U.S.-China markets: Chicago O'Hare-Beijing, Chicago O'Hare-Shanghai and Los Angeles-Shanghai. American and American Eagle offer more than 450 daily departures from Chicago O'Hare, and nearly 150 daily departures from Los Angeles.

The codeshare agreement includes:

  • Display of AA's flight numbers (AA*) on Hainan flights between Seattle and Beijing as well as on Hainan flights beyond Beijing to Fuzhou, Guangzhou, Hangzhou, Kunming and Urumqi.
  • Display of Hainan's flight numbers (HU*) on American flights between Chicago and Beijing and Shanghai, Los Angeles and Shanghai, as well as on American flights to and from 12 other cities in the U.S.

 

"We look forward to working with our new partner, Hainan, to provide even more international travel options for our joint customers," said John Bowers, American's Managing Director of Asia / Pacific – Strategic Alliances. "China is one of the world's fastest growing travel markets, and this new codeshare relationship will give our customers opportunities to connect to new destinations throughout the country."

"As we expand our network and fleet internationally, Hainan's new codeshare partnership with American opens a range of opportunities for our customers on both sides of the Pacific," said Joel Chusid, Managing Director, North America for Hainan Airlines. "American's Chicago and Los Angeles cornerstone cities complement our Seattle and Toronto gateways and add both flexibility and convenience to address the rapidly growing traffic between China and North America."

Hainan, a Skytrax 5-Star airline, operates more than 2,800 weekly flights to cities throughout China as well as to other destinations in Asia, Africa, Europe, the Middle East and North America. From its Beijing hub, Hainan offers more than 400 weekly flights, including service to more than 60 Chinese cities.

The agreement between American and Hainan increases American's presence throughout Asia. The two airlines are working to provide additional benefits to their customers in the future.

About American Airlines
American Airlines, American Eagle and the AmericanConnection® carrier serve 260 airports in more than 50 countries and territories with, on average, more than 3,400 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 and members-elect serve more than 900 destinations with more than 10,000 daily flights to 149 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. AMR Corporation common stock trades under the symbol "AAMRQ" on the OTCQB marketplace, operated by OTC Markets Group.

AMR Corporation, and certain of its United States-based subsidiaries, including American Airlines, Inc. and AMR Eagle Holding Corporation, on Nov. 29 filed voluntary petitions for Chapter 11 reorganization in the U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Southern District of New York. More information about the Chapter 11 filing is available on the Internet at http://aa.com/restructuring.

About Hainan Airlines
Founded in 1993, Hainan Airlines is one of China's major airlines. A member of the HNA Group, Hainan is known for its award-winning customer service, impeccable safety standards and on-time performance. Hainan carries more than 20 million passengers annually and currently flies to 90 cities in 17 countries. Its network stretches across Asia to Africa, Europe, the Middle East and North America, and its domestic China network is extensive. Hainan's modern Boeing and Airbus fleet number 109, with new deliveries occurring monthly. It is one of the launch customers for the Boeing 787 Dreamliner. Currently Seattle to Beijing service is provided with Airbus A330-200 aircraft. Hainan's North American website, www.hainanair.us, provides users easy booking access and travel offers. Its frequent flyer program, the Fortune Wings Club, has millions of members across China. Hainan Airlines and the Fortune Wings Club are trademarks of Hainan Airlines Company Limited. U.S. callers can reach Hainan Airlines by calling 1-888-688-8813.

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