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    American Airlines Introduces Authentic Hawaiian Cuisine

    Starting today American Airlines will say hello or, as they say in Hawaii, "aloha," to new menus featuring a distinct island flair. First Class passengers on flights to and from Hawaii can enjoy the flavor of the Hawaiian Islands with new menu offerings created by renowned Hawaiian chef, restaurateur, author and TV host Sam Choy.

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    "Through the expertise of Chef Sam Choy, American is providing a pleasant mix of authentic Hawaiian tastes to our passengers flying to and from the Islands," said Lauri Curtis, American's Vice President - Onboard Service. "We believe they are in for a real treat with our new menu offerings."

    "It is an honor working with American Airlines to bring a true taste of Hawaii to their in-flight meal program," said Choy. "Hats off to American Airlines for making in-flight dining once again exciting!"

    The new menu incorporates the many flavors of Hawaiian food, which is strongly influenced by the Pacific Rim, California and Europe. Selections will rotate monthly and include:

    -- Macadamia Nut Pancakes: Silver dollar pancakes topped with macadamia nuts and macadamia honey butter with coconut syrup on the side; served with a slice of grilled ham and seasonal tropical fruit 
    -- Macadamia French Toast: French toast stuffed with mascarpone cheese topped with macadamia nuts and pineapple papaya marmalade; served with seasonal tropical fruit 
    -- Breakfast Breads: Banana nut and orange cranberry will be featured in October 

    -- Wasabi Salmon: Grilled salmon topped with creamy wasabi, served warm with shiitake butter orzo 
    -- Hibachi Chicken: Teriyaki-glazed grilled chicken breast served over sweet potato mash 
    -- Island Braised Short Ribs: Tender short ribs topped with soy-ginger sauce and sauteed shiitake mushrooms, served with skin-on mashed potatoes 
    -- Mixed Green Salads: Mixed mesclun greens topped with fresh vegetables and Island garnishes. A choice of new salad dressings include miso cilantro, spicy oriental and ginger vinaigrette 

    -- Tropical Mixed Nuts: American's signature warmed mixed nuts mix with a  Hawaiian flair 

    -- Signature Sundaes: Vanilla ice cream with a variety of toppings, including hot fudge, strawberry and a seasonal tropical topping such as mango or crushed pineapple 
    -- Baked On Board Cookies: Freshly baked on board white chocolate macadamia nut cookie

    Should passengers prefer a more traditional meal, a pasta dish is available for lunch and dinner, while cereal and fresh fruit are available for breakfast.

    Choy, a native of Hawaii, was recently named Hawaii's official culinary ambassador. He is a four-time nominee for the coveted James Beard Best Pacific Regional Chef award and is the author of 10 top-selling cookbooks. He also hosts the TV show, Sam Choy's Kitchen, and has four restaurants that bear his name, including one in Tokyo and one in Guam.

    American Airlines offers regularly scheduled service to the following Hawaiian cities:

    -- Honolulu (HNL) from Chicago (ORD), Los Angeles (LAX), San Francisco (SFO) and Dallas/Fort Worth (DFW) 
    -- Kahului, Maui (OGG) from Los Angeles (LAX) and Dallas/Fort Worth (DFW) 
    -- Lihue, Kauai (LIH) from Los Angeles (LAX) 
    -- Kona (KOA) from Los Angeles (LAX) 

    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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