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American Airlines Statement Regarding a Business Dispute With Google

American Airlines issued the following statement today:

American Airlines appreciates and values the importance of the Internet and the convenience that companies such as Google create for consumers around the globe. The accessibility and ease of use of these search engines are important assets for end users and commercial enterprises.

The business issue American has with Google is not related to their overall business model. Rather, the dispute is centered on Google's process of allowing other companies to purchase the right to use American Airlines trademarks for Internet search. In working through this business dispute, American is hopeful that it will continue professional, friendly and fruitful relationships with Google, while finding an appropriate resolution to the trademark issues. American's goals are to continue to protect our trademarks that have been established over our 80 year history and to prevent customer confusion when customers search for American Airlines or one of our trademarked products.

American wants to make it clear that its dispute does not seek to prevent the display of search results that reflect consumers' interests or choices. American is only asking Google to stop selling our trademarks to others who are purchasing them and related terms to confuse and/or divert consumers searching for AA.com or American's products, and we are seeking relief for the damages such practices are creating.

First Call Analyst:

FCMN Contact: rick.wilbins@aa.com

SOURCE: American Airlines

CONTACT: Billy Sanez, Corporate Communications of American Airlines,
Fort Worth, Texas, +1-817-967-1577, Corp.comm@aa.com

Web site: http://www.aa.com/

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