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    American Eagle Airlines Continues Gulf Coast Expansion With New Chicago O'Hare - Gulfport, Miss., Service

    American Eagle, the regional affiliate of American Airlines, will add a daily nonstop flight between Chicago O'Hare International Airport (ORD) and Gulfport-Biloxi International Airport (GPT) beginning Dec. 13.

    American Eagle will operate the service with 44-seat Embraer ERJ-140 jets. American Eagle already has three daily round trips between Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport and Gulfport-Biloxi International Airport.

    "We are pleased to provide direct access to Chicago from the Mississippi Gulf Coast," said Peter Bowler, President and CEO of American Eagle Airlines. "This new route will also be popular with Chicagoans in the winter to provide quick and easy access to a nice, warm destination like Gulfport-Biloxi."

    "While serving on the Senate's aviation subcommittee, I've worked extensively with airlines to help secure numerous direct flights from Mississippi to major U.S. cities like New York, Washington, D.C., Detroit, Orlando and Houston," said Sen. Trent Lott (R-Miss.) "Certainly this new link will complement the ongoing expansion of the Gulfport-Biloxi International Airport. With direct service to Chicago, a primary hub for international flights, Mississippi becomes even more accessible for recreational and business travelers, and American Airlines investment in this region reflects their strong faith in Mississippi's recovery and the Gulf Coast's economic future."

    "We thank American Eagle for their continued support of the Mississippi Gulf Coast," said Richard Matheny, Gulfport-Biloxi Airport Authority Chairman. "Chicago was our most important market without direct air service."

    The schedule for the flights between Chicago and Gulfport-Biloxi, Miss. (all times local):

    Chicago O'Hare to Gulfport-Biloxi, Miss.  (ORD-GPT)  
    Flight          Departs             Arrives            Days  
    4043            9:20 a.m.           11:35 a.m.         Daily  

    Gulfport-Biloxi, Miss. to Chicago O'Hare  (GPT-ORD)  
    Flight          Departs             Arrives            Days  
    4048            12:10 p.m.          2:35 p.m.          Daily

    With the addition of the new Gulfport-Biloxi service, American Eagle will serve eight cities in the Gulf Coast region from Chicago: Birmingham, Ala. (two daily); Baton Rouge, La. (one daily); Fort Walton Beach, Fla. (one daily); Jackson, Miss. (one daily); Mobile, Ala. (one daily); Pensacola, Fla. (two daily); and Shreveport, La. (one daily).

    About American Eagle

    American Eagle operates more than 1,800 daily flights to more than 160 cities throughout the United States, Canada, the Bahamas, Mexico and the Caribbean on behalf of 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 more than 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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    CONTACT: Andrea Huguely, Corporate Communications of American Eagle
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