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American Airlines Receives Top Score on Human Rights Campaign Corporate Equality Index for 8th Year in a Row
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FORT WORTH, Texas, Sept. 14 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- American Airlines has been honored again by the Human Rights Campaign (HRC) with the highest ranking possible in its 2010 Corporate Equality Index. This achievement marks the eighth consecutive year American has received a top score of 100 percent, a record unmatched by any other airline and matched by few major U.S. corporations in all industries.

"All of us at American Airlines are proud of this sustained national recognition," said Denise Lynn, American Airlines Vice President - Diversity and Leadership Strategies. "It is one of the reasons we were invited to Capitol Hill earlier this year to testify about our experience in offering our employees equal benefits. We are thrilled to share this with our LGBT employees and the many loyal customers and diverse communities we serve."

George Carrancho, American Airlines Manager - LGBT marketing and sales Rainbow TeAAm, said, "Our 100 percent score on the HRC Corporate Equality Index reminds us every year of the standards we set for ourselves in the community. I am proud to be part of a global company that stands consistently for the values of fairness, inclusion and equality."

"American Airlines has worked hard to earn our reputation for fairness, inclusion and equality," said Sam Santiago, Director - Workforce Volunteerism and Giving and member of American's LGBT employee resource group - GLEAM. "American was the first major airline to implement same-sex domestic partner benefits, first to implement both sexual orientation and gender identity in its workplace nondiscrimination policies, and first to have a recognized LGBT employee resource group."

This year marks the 15th anniversary of the AMR Diversity Advisory Council, which represents an expansive variety of employees at American Airlines and American Eagle. American's LGBT resource group, GLEAM, was first among all affinity groups crucial to the Council's development. Today, 16 Employee Resource Groups belong to the Diversity Advisory Council, providing American Airlines and American Eagle with guidance to ensure that American is a great place to work for all employees and a good corporate citizen in all the communities it serves.

The Human Rights Campaign is dedicated to promoting and ensuring public understanding of gay and lesbian issues through innovative education and communication strategies. A complete list of Corporate Equality Index rankings is available at http://hrc.org.

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American Airlines, American Eagle and AmericanConnection® serve 250 cities in 40 countries with, on average, more than 3,400 daily flights. The combined network fleet numbers more than 900 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 more than 130 countries and territories. American Airlines, Inc. and American Eagle Airlines, Inc. are subsidiaries of AMR Corporation. AmericanAirlines, American Eagle, AmericanConnection, AA.com, We know why you fly and AAdvantage are registered trademarks of American Airlines, Inc. (NYSE: AMR)

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