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    American Airlines to Offer Service Between St. Louis and Springfield, Ill.

    American Airlines will add nonstop service between Lambert St. Louis International Airport (STL) and Abraham Lincoln Capital Airport (SPI) in Springfield, Ill., beginning Nov. 4.

    AmericanConnection will operate the round-trip service between the two cities, using a 50-seat ERJ-145 jet. Tickets will be available for sale beginning Sunday, Sept. 2.

    "This new flight will allow Springfield customers to make easy connections to American, AmericanConnection and American Eagle flights from our St. Louis hub," said Rhonda Hamm-Niebruegge, American's Managing Director - St. Louis Hub.

    "Springfield, the State Capital, deserves a reliable and convenient means of getting to and from major transportation hubs like St. Louis," said Sen. Dick Durbin (D-IL). "I commend American Airlines for stepping up to fill this need in Springfield. It will make a big difference for those living and doing business in the capital city."

    The schedule for the new routes are as follows (all times local):  

    St. Louis to Springfield, Ill. (STL-SPI)  
    Flight*         Departs             Arrives            Days  
    5549            1:15 p.m.           1:55 p.m.          Daily  
    5541            8:00 p.m.           8:40 p.m.          Daily  
    *Service provided by Trans States  

    Springfield, Ill. to St. Louis (SPI-STL)  
    Flight*         Departs             Arrives            Days  
    5542            7:00 a.m.           7:40 a.m.          Daily  
    5550            2:20 p.m.           3:00 p.m.          Daily 
    *Service provided by Trans States  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, AmericanConnection, AA.com and AAdvantage are registered trademarks of American Airlines, Inc. .

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    FCMN Contact: rick.wilbins@aa.com

    SOURCE: American Airlines

    CONTACT: Mary Frances Fagan, Corporate Communications, Chicago,
    +1-773-686-5614, or Corporate Communications, +1-817-967-1577,
    Corp.Comm@aa.com, both of American Airlines

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