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    American Eagle Airlines to Launch Nonstop Jet Service Between Knoxville, Tenn., and Miami

    FORT WORTH, Texas, July 27 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- American Eagle Airlines, the regional affiliate of American Airlines, will begin nonstop jet service between McGhee Tyson Airport (TYS) in Knoxville, Tenn., and Miami International Airport (MIA), beginning Nov. 19. American Eagle will operate the service with 50-seat Embraer ERJ-145 jets.

    "We're delighted to expand our service to Knoxville, offering convenient connections through Miami to destinations throughout the Caribbean, the Bahamas and Latin America," said American Eagle President and CEO Peter Bowler. "Combined with our service from Dallas/Fort Worth and Chicago, our Knoxville customers now have even greater access to American's vast global network."

    "With today's announcement, McGhee Tyson Airport now offers nonstop service to 22 popular business and leisure destinations," said Kirk Huddleston, Chairman of the Metropolitan Knoxville Airport Authority Board of Commissioners. "Direct flights into Miami conveniently connect our passengers to 57 cities in the United States, Caribbean and Latin America. With an early morning departure from Knoxville, leisure travelers can be in South Beach or onboard a cruise ship by lunch time. In addition, the evening return flight from Miami makes business travel an easy day trip."

    "I am very pleased that East Tennessee is now directly connected to Miami," said Congressman John J. Duncan (R-Tenn.). "The more choice and competition we can bring to the Knoxville market, the lower we can keep airfares in the future. This link will also open up new tourism and economic opportunities for East Tennessee, and I think we should all be proud of the high quality of our hometown airport and the Knoxville Airport Authority's tireless efforts to expand service."

    The schedule for the flights between Knoxville and Miami (all times local) is:

    Miami to Knoxville, Tenn. (MIA-TYS)
    4380 8:15 p.m. 10:35 p.m. Daily

    Knoxville, Tenn., to Miami (TYS-MIA)
    4386 8:40 a.m. 10:50 a.m. Daily

    American Eagle also serves Knoxville from its hubs in Dallas/Fort Worth (DFW) and Chicago O'Hare International Airport (ORD).

    About American Eagle

    American Eagle operates over 1,500 daily flights to nearly 160 cities throughout the United States, Canada, the Bahamas, Mexico and the Caribbean on behalf of American Airlines. American, American Eagle and the AmericanConnection® airlines serve 250 cities in 40 countries with, on average, more than 3,400 daily flights. The combined network fleet numbers more than 900 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 We know why you fly and AAdvantage are registered trademarks of American Airlines, Inc. (NYSE: AMR).

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