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American Airlines Now Offers PriorityAAccess Privileges to Its Top Customers at JFK Airport

PriorityAAccess at Terminal 8 Eases Check In, Security, Boarding for AAdvantage Elite Status Members, First and Business Class Travelers, AAirpass Customers, and Passengers Traveling on Full-Fare Economy Class Tickets

American Airlines is now offering PriorityAAccess(SM) privileges to its top customers at John F. Kennedy International Airport.

"We are delighted that our implementation of PriorityAAccess is now complete, and we offer its entire array of enhancements to our premium customers at JFK," said Brian Troy, American's Managing Director for its Terminal 8 at JFK. "PriorityAAccess is making the entire airport process and travel experience more convenient for these top customers -- at the ticket counter, at security checkpoints, and at the gate."

With PriorityAAccess, American's AAdvantage® elite status members, First and Business Class travelers, AAirpass customers, and passengers traveling on full-fare Economy Class tickets receive more control and enjoy an easier journey when they travel with dedicated PriorityAAccess check-in, security screening lanes (where available), and exclusive boarding lanes at the gate.

PriorityAAccess is just one of the amenities that have become a way of life for premium customers at American's $1.3 billion JFK terminal. For example, the terminal offers two sleek, contemporary Admirals Club lounges -- one in Concourse B and the other in Concourse C. The lounges are available to Admirals Club members and to First Class and Business Class passengers on international flights. Concourse B also offers a stylish Flagship Lounge, open to passengers flying First Class on international flights, or Full Fare First Class on domestic transcontinental flights with three classes of service.

For passengers with free time at Terminal 8, American, a founding member of the oneworld® Alliance, also provides an extensive concessions area consisting of 49 retail and restaurant establishments spanning 53,000 square feet at Terminal 8. Virtually every passenger visiting any one of the retailers and restaurants in Terminal 8's concessions area will be able to find something that will remind them of home. The selection ranges from those typifying New York (Abitino's Pizza, O'Neals' and Brooklyn National Deli), those with a decidedly international flavor (Vino Volo, Juan Valdez Cafe, and Euro Pan), and an array of upscale retailers (Tumi, Hugo Boss, Lacoste and Estee Lauder).

Self-service international check-in and international curbside check-in are available at Terminal 8, as well. A leading international gateway, American's Terminal 8 features 26 international and 19 domestic non-stop destinations and offers 83 departures daily.

Following is a summary of American's PriorityAAccess benefits at JFK. These benefits are available to First and Business Class customers; AAdvantage Executive Platinum®, AAdvantage Platinum®, and AAdvantage Gold® members; AAirpass® customers; oneworld® Alliance Emerald, Sapphire and Ruby members; and customers traveling on full-fare Economy Class tickets, which are booked in American's "Y" ticket category.

PriorityAAccess Check-In

PriorityAAccess customers enjoy their own dedicated check-in area at the ticket counter with distinctive signage clearly identifying PriorityAAccess lines. In addition, "PriorityAAccess" is printed on boarding passes, designating travelers as American's top customers. American will offer PriorityAAccess check-in areas at all of the airports it serves worldwide.

PriorityAAccess Security Screening

At Terminal 8, American offers exclusive PriorityAAccess security screening lanes. Like the dedicated check-in lines, PriorityAAccess screening lanes are clearly marked with special signage. Currently, American is establishing PriorityAAccess screening lanes at its 10 largest airports, as well as in other airports where permitted by the TSA.

In addition to JFK, these airports will have exclusive PriorityAAccess security screen lanes: Dallas/Fort Worth (DFW), Chicago O'Hare (ORD), Miami (MIA), Los Angeles (LAX), New York La Guardia (LGA), St. Louis (STL), San Francisco (SFO), Boston (BOS) and San Juan, Puerto Rico (SJU).

PriorityAAccess Boarding Lanes

To further enhance convenience for its top customers, American offers dual boarding lanes at its departure gates at JFK -- one for PriorityAAccess customers and one for general boarding. Customers with PriorityAAccess privileges are invited to board first or board at any time through their exclusive PriorityAAccess lane, which allows them to bypass lines after general boarding has begun.

About American Airlines

American Airlines, American Eagle and the AmericanConnection® airlines serve 250 cities in 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. American Airlines, American Eagle, AmericanConnection, AA.com, We know why you fly, AAdvantage, AAdvantage Executive Platinum, AAdvantage Platinum, AAdvantage Gold and AAirpass are registered trademarks of American Airlines, Inc.

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