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American Airlines and Japan Airlines Co-Locate to Offer First Joint Lounge at Honolulu International Airport

Shared Lounge Expands Coordination between Alliance Partners to Provide More Benefits to Global Customers

FORT WORTH, Texas, Nov. 16, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- American Airlines (AA) and Japan Airlines (JAL) today announced the joint operation of JAL's Sakura Lounge at Honolulu International Airport. The shared lounge is the airlines' first joint lounge since gaining antitrust immunity and becoming joint business partners in 2010.

"American's co-location with Japan Airlines in Honolulu is a great example of how the airlines are working together to improve our joint customers' travel experience," said Nancy Knipp, American's President – Admirals Club. "The lounge supports our efforts to provide more seamless service and a consistent lounge experience for our Admirals Club customers."

Conveniently located on the third level of the overseas terminal, accessible from the central lobby across from the central security checkpoint, the Admirals Club/Sakura Lounge is close to American's ticket counter, gates and security checkpoint. The lounge is also only steps away from concourse concessions and shopping.

"We are delighted to welcome American Airlines customers to the Sakura Lounge in Honolulu where they can enjoy the many available services and amenities," said Takahisa Hatakeyama, Vice President of Product and Service Development of Japan Airlines. "This cooperation is yet another example of how our joint business continues to bring greater benefits to our customers."

The 7,000-square-foot facility is elegant and spacious, with ample seating for guests to relax, refresh and enjoy spectacular views of the fishponds and cultural gardens. An elevator is available to transport customers from the lounge to the lush gardens below for a leisurely stroll. Sakura is the Japanese word for cherry blossom and the decor of the lounge is designed to reflect the peace and relaxation associated with the flower. Detailed woodwork throughout in a cherry wood finish reflects the beauty of nature.

Guests of the club can take advantage of two Internet-ready computers within the business area and Wi-Fi is complimentary to all customers. Guests can also unwind in a relaxation corner that offers programmable massage lounge chairs. A self-service beverage counter provides guests with complimentary soda, beer, wine and light snacks.

The jointly-operated Honolulu lounge will employ both AA and JAL premium service representatives to serve customer needs. The Admirals Club lounge is open 6:30 a.m. to 9 p.m. during standard time and 5:30 a.m. to 8 p.m. during mainland Daylight Saving Time. Hours are subject to change.

In celebration of American's co-location with Japan Airlines in Honolulu, American is offering a $50 discount on new Admirals Club memberships or $25 off an annual renewal membership when purchased at the Honolulu lounge. The promotion will be valid Nov. 16 through Dec. 31. Individual Admirals Club memberships for new members range from $350 to $500 annually, and AAdvantage® miles can also be used to purchase Admirals Club memberships. One Day Passes are available for $50, and a 30-Day membership – a brand new membership option – is available for $99. One Day and 30-Day memberships can be purchased online with a U.S. credit card or at any Admirals Club location. One Day Passes can also be purchased at any self-service check-in machine.

American, a founding member of the oneworld® alliance, operates more than 40 Admirals Club locations and four Flagship Lounge® locations in airports throughout the world. American opened its first joint lounge with British Airways at Denver International Airport in 2010 and recently began co-locating with British Airways in the Galleries Lounge at Philadelphia International Airport.

For more information on Admirals Club lounges and Japan Airlines lounges, log on to www.aa.com/admiralsclub and http://www.jal.co.jp/en/inter/lounge/.

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. (NYSE: AMR).

About Japan Airlines

Japan Airlines (JAL), awarded the most punctual major global airline in 2009 and 2010, is a member of the oneworld® Alliance and has a global network reaching more than 221 airports in 40 countries and regions together with its codeshare partners. It operates six daily round-trip flights between Japan and Honolulu. Domestically, the airline covers more than 50 airports throughout Japan. JAL operates some 22,000 international and domestic flights a month, and its fleet of some 200 aircraft includes Boeing 777s, 767s, 737-800s, and Brazilian-made regional jets, Embraer E170. JAL will soon receive the state-of-the-art Boeing 787 Dreamliner.  Japan Airlines' frequent flyer program, JAL Mileage Bank (JMB), is one of the world's largest loyalty programs, with over 20 million members worldwide today.

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