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American Airlines and HRG Agree to Explore Direct Connect Distribution Agreement

American Airlines and HRG Agree to Explore Direct Connect Distribution Agreement

FORT WORTH, Texas, Aug. 5, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- American Airlines, a wholly owned subsidiary of AMR Corporation, and Hogg Robinson Group plc ("HRG"), announced today that the companies have agreed in principle to explore a long-term arrangement for the benefit of their corporate clients in which HRG would receive guaranteed direct long-term access to American's fares, schedules, and customized travel products and services.  HRG said it would plan to access American's content through the airline's direct connect link using its own technology, either directly or via a global distribution system (GDS) application programming interface (API).

Additional details were not disclosed.

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, and AAdvantage are trademarks of American Airlines, Inc. (NYSE: AMR).

About Hogg Robinson Group plc (HRG)

Hogg Robinson Group plc (HRG) is an award-winning international corporate travel services company which operates from headquarters in Basingstoke, Hampshire, UK. Established in 1845, HRG's interests now relate to owned or controlled corporate travel services operations in 25 key driver/growth markets throughout Europe, North America and Asia Pacific supported by contracted partners in Africa, Middle East/West Asia and Latin America. The HRG worldwide network extends to over 120 countries.

HRG's philosophy is to focus on its clients, underpinned by three differentiators – its people, its technology and its breadth of service. The company has experienced management and skilled operators together with a strong reputation for technology which it develops and owns in-house. In addition HRG is the only major travel management company to offer a real breadth and depth of services, all of which combine to serve every client around the globe delivering value, cost savings, efficiency and innovation, without compromise.

HRG's portfolio of clients spans a broad range of industry sectors including but not limited to Automotive, Banking and Finance, Food Manufacturing, Media and Entertainment, Oil & Gas, Pharmaceutical, Retail and Telecommunications.

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SOURCE American Airlines

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