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    American Airlines Award-Winning Business Class Wines Recognized By Global Traveler Magazine

    The celebratory corks are popping once again at American Airlines. According to Global Traveler magazine, when seeking the world's finest wine selection at 30,000 feet, American Airlines is a prize-winning choice.

    The annual "Wines on the Wing" International Business Class Airline Wine Competition winners were recently announced in the August issue of Global Traveler, and American Airlines received accolades in two categories. In the Best International Business Class White Wine category, American received first place for J. Wegeler-Erben Riesling Spatlese Bernkasteler Doctor 2004. The airline also earned second place in the Best International Business Class Red Wine for its Chateau Batailley Pauillac 2003.

    "American Airlines is delighted that Global Traveler magazine has recognized our exceptional Business Class wines," said Lauri Curtis, American's Vice President-Onboard Service. "We take great pride in selecting fine wines for our customers to enjoy inflight and are continuing our efforts to take wine offerings to another level."

    According to Global Traveler, 25 airlines submitted two white wines, two red wines and one champagne or sparkling wine currently on their international business class wine lists, along with the lists themselves, for a blind taste test. The tasting was organized by Global Traveler's wine columnist and noted wine expert, Eunice Fried, using 36 independent judges who are noted wine-industry experts. The airlines with the highest totals won.

    American Airlines continues to take steps to ensure that wine-loving passengers can taste the finest reds, whites and champagnes with international wine-judging professional and connoisseur Diane Teitelbaum as the airline's wine consultant. Recently, American announced that First and Business Class customers onboard transcontinental flights can savor specific wine recommendations -- offered by Teitelbaum -- with select premium cabin menu entrees. While the pairing of certain foods and wines helps educate customers on the variety of wines American Airlines offers on its flights, it also demonstrates that American continues to enhance the onboard dining experience.

    In an effort to bring customers the finest wines available in First and Business Class, American maintains 15 different wine lists specially selected for various routes. In addition, American, a founding member of the global oneworld® Alliance, changes its wine list regularly and produces an online pamphlet describing in detail each route's selections. For more information and to view the current list of American's award-winning wines, please visit http://www.aa.com/wine.

    Earlier this year, American continued a tradition of receiving accolades for its wine program in the Cellars in the Sky 2006 Awards conducted by Business Traveller and Wine & Spirit Magazine. American Airlines was named a winner in two categories: Best First Class Wine Cellar for overall selection and Wild Card Wine for its Lustau La Plaza Vieja sherry.

    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, AmericanConnection, AA.com and AAdvantage are registered trademarks of American Airlines, Inc. .

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