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American Airlines Takes the Stage at The Nederlander Organization With New Partnership in New York City

Carrier Will Serve as Official Airline for Nine Broadway Theatres

NEW YORK, Aug. 8, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- American Airlines today announced a partnership with The Nederlander Organization, one of the world's leading private companies in the business of theatre ownership and the production of distinguished theatrical and concert presentations. Through this new relationship, American will become the Official Airline for the organization's nine Broadway theatres in New York City, furthering Nederlander's ability to serve its domestic and international theatergoing audience.

Now into its third generation of theatre development, ownership, management and production, The Nederlander Organization currently owns and/or operates theatres worldwide under the guidance of its President, James L. Nederlander. American Airlines, one of the world's largest carriers, currently provides connections for global travelers to 250 cities in 50 countries.

"Broadway theatres in New York attract more than 12 million theatergoers per year and are vital to the fabric of New York City's culture," said Art Torno, American's Vice President – New York. "As a proud supporter of arts and culture in New York, American believes this partnership with Nederlander, which has a strong heritage of providing world-class entertainment, is an ideal collaboration."

"With theatres in New York, Chicago, Los Angeles, London, and other major cities, we believe American Airlines is the ideal partner for Nederlander as we expand our efforts to serve our audiences," says James L. Nederlander, Nederlander President. "Whether they are traveling elsewhere or visiting New York, our collaboration with American Airlines will enhance our ability to make theatergoing an important component of their leisure or business itinerary."

The Nederlander Organization theatres on Broadway are home to some of the industry's biggest hits including the Gershwin (Wicked), the Minskoff (The Lion King), Palace (Priscilla Queen of the Desert), Lunt-Fontanne (The Addams Family), Neil Simon (Catch Me If You Can), Brooks Atkinson (Rain: The Beatles Musical), Marquis (Follies) as well as the Richard Rodgers and Nederlander. The Nederlander Organization will celebrate its 100th anniversary in 2012.

"American Airlines and Nederlander share the same high standards of excellence, innovation and quality," said Nick Scandalios, Executive Vice President, Nederlander Producing Company of America, Inc. "We are excited about this new partnership with American as it reflects our mutual commitment to New York, a significant destination for arts and culture enthusiasts worldwide."

About The Nederlander Organization

The Nederlander Organization is a family company prominent for three generations in management and operation of theatres and productions of distinguished entertainment. In addition to producing innumerable plays and musicals, operas, ballets and concerts, the Nederlander Organization owns/operates nine Broadway theatres and a chain of legitimate theatres and amphitheaters around America and in London. The company has been instrumental in the presentation of Annie, Peter Pan, The Will Rogers Follies, Movin' Out, Me and My Girl, La Cage aux Folles, Noises Off, Lena Horne: The Lady and Her Music, Benefactors, Adventures of Nicholas Nickleby and more recently, Grease, Fiddler on the Roof, West Side Story, and Priscilla The Queen of the Desert.

About American Airlines

American Airlines, American Eagle and AmericanConnection® serve 250 cities in 50 countries with, on average, more than 3,600 daily flights. The combined network fleet numbers more than 900 aircraft. American's award-winning website, 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 approximately 900 destinations with more than 9,000 daily flights to 145 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 trademarks of American Airlines, Inc. (NYSE: AMR).

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