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American Airlines Announces Executive Leadership Changes to Further Align Customer Service and Technical Operations

Following the announced retirement of Ralph Richardi, Senior Vice President-Customer Service, American Airlines today announced leadership appointments that will foster greater alignment, collaboration and cooperation within the company's operations.

Bob Reding, Senior Vice President - Technical Operations, was appointed Executive Vice President - Operations, reporting to AMR CEO and Chairman Gerard Arpey. Reding, a 35-year aviation veteran, has led American's Maintenance and Engineering, Flight Operations, Operations Planning & Performance, and the Safety Security and Environmental departments since 2003. In his new position, Reding will also assume responsibility for Airport Services. Reding previously served as Chief Operations Officer for American Eagle and as the Chief Executive Officer of Canadian Regional Airlines and Reno Air. Prior to entering the commercial airline industry, Reding was an officer and pilot flight examiner with the United States Air Force. He has also accumulated more than 10,000 hours as a commercial and military pilot.

American also announced the appointment of two senior vice presidents, who will report to Reding:

--  Tom Del Valle, Vice President - Domestic Customer Service, was appointed Senior Vice President - Airport Services. Effective upon Richardi's retirement in December, Del Valle will oversee all of American's domestic Airport Operations, Customer Service Planning and the Cargo Division. Del Valle was previously responsible for all of American's non-hub stations in the U.S. and Canada since 1999, including JFK International and LaGuardia in New York, Boston-Logan      International, San Francisco International, St. Louis-Lambert International and Los Angeles International airports. In December, Tim  Ahern, Vice President-DFW, will succeed Del Valle as Vice President - Airport Services. Del Valle started his career as a flight attendant and has since held a number of management and leadership positions in Flight Services, Passenger Services, and Airport Operations. He also was President of the American Eagle Executive Airlines operation in      San Juan, Puerto Rico, for five years and oversaw American's customer service efforts at Los Angeles International Airport for two years. 

--  Carmine Romano, Vice President - Base Maintenance, was appointed Senior Vice President - Maintenance & Engineering. Romano, who has had responsibility for the Tulsa maintenance operations since 2000, will oversee all of American Airlines maintenance operations worldwide, including its major repair, overhaul and modification bases in Fort Worth, Kansas City and Tulsa. He will also oversee maintenance and engineering activities that take place at stations throughout the      American Airlines system. This includes managing the contract maintenance relationships that American has forged with other airlines to perform FAA-certified maintenance and engineering services. Romano started his American career as a line mechanic in 1968 and has served in a number of management positions at the Tulsa maintenance base since 1981. 

About American Airlines

American Airlines is the world's largest airline. American, American Eagle and the AmericanConnection® airlines serve 250 cities in over 40 countries with more than 4,000 daily flights. The combined network fleet numbers more than 1,000 aircraft. American's award-winning Web site, 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 nearly 700 destinations in over 140 countries and territories. American Airlines, Inc. and American Eagle Airlines, Inc. are subsidiaries of AMR Corporation. AmericanAirlines, American Eagle, the AmericanConnection® airlines, AA.com and AAdvantage are registered trademarks of American Airlines, Inc.

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