American Airlines Supports Asia and U.S. Disaster Relief Efforts
American Airlines has efforts under way on several fronts to help aid victims of the recent tornadoes and flooding in the Central United States, the Myanmar cyclone, and Wenchuan earthquake in China's Sichuan province. AAdvantage members can help by contributing to the U.S. Fund for UNICEF to support UNICEF's emergency response efforts in China and Myanmar, as well as the American Red Cross to support Central U.S. floods and tornadoes disaster relief activities. UNICEF and the American Red Cross will dedicate the funds to help the millions of victims following the natural disasters in the respective countries. Contributions to these funds can be made online at http://www.aa.com/DisasterRelief.
AAdvantage members will receive a one-time award of 250 bonus AAdvantage miles for a minimum donation of $50 or 500 bonus miles for a donation of $100 or more to these relief efforts through July 31, 2008.
After both disasters, American and American Eagle employees immediately set in motion relief efforts for the areas affected by these natural disasters and continue to reach out to raise funds and provide aid.
"The devastation wrought by these disasters is almost incomprehensible," said Roger Frizzell, American's Vice President - Corporate Communications and Advertising. "And while a great deal has been done, the need is vast and will continue far into the future. We applaud our caring and concerned employees who have acted so quickly and with such passion, as they historically have always done, to help those affected. We invite our customers to join us in this important effort, and we are glad to acknowledge their generosity with this opportunity to earn AAdvantage miles."
American and American Eagle employees, even those directly affected by the recent tornadoes and flooding in the Central United States, are volunteering in response, recovery and rebuilding efforts there, as well as supporting Asia relief. Immediately following the Myanmar cyclone and Wenchuan earthquake, American's Asia-Pacific Islander Employee Resource Group sprang into action to raise funds and get supplies into the affected areas, as did employees in its Hong Kong sales office as well as Airline Ambassadors International, a non-profit organization dedicated to delivering humanitarian aid to children in need. Available cargo space on American's flights from Chicago O'Hare International Airport to Shanghai is being donated by the American Airlines Cargo Division (AA Cargo) to send supplies.
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, the AmericanConnection® airlines, AA.com, We know why you fly and AAdvantage are registered trademarks of American Airlines, Inc.
About the American Red Cross
The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and counsels victims of disasters; provides nearly half of the nation's blood supply; teaches lifesaving skills; and supports military members and their families. The Red Cross is a charitable organization -- not a government agency -- and depends on volunteers and the generosity of the American public to perform its humanitarian mission. For more information, please visit http://www.redcross.org or join our blog at http://www.redcrosschat.org.
For more than 60 years, UNICEF has been the world's leading international children's organization, working in over 150 countries to address the ongoing issues that affect why kids are dying. UNICEF provides lifesaving nutrition, clean water, education, protection and emergency response saving more young lives than any other humanitarian organization in the world. While millions of children die every year of preventable causes like dehydration, upper respiratory infections and measles, UNICEF, with the support of partnering organizations and donors alike, has the global experience, resources and reach to give children the best hope of survival. For more information about UNICEF, please visit http://www.unicefusa.org.
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