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    American Eagle Announces Ed Criner to Oversee O'Hare Operations; Pedro Fabregas to Become President of Executive Airlines

    American Eagle today announced changes in leadership at its San Juan-based Executive Airlines operation in which Ed Criner, Executive's current president, will return mainland to oversee one of American Eagle's largest operations at Chicago O'Hare airport, and Pedro Fabregas, Vice President - Finance and Planning for Executive, will become President - Executive Airlines.

    "I'd like to personally thank Ed for his leadership and contributions to our San Juan operation over the past two years," said Peter M. Bowler, American Eagle President and CEO. "Ed's interest in the people of Executive, Puerto Rico and the entire Caribbean region -- combined with his broad experience in the airline business -- enabled him to lead a substantial improvement in Executive's operational performance. Ed is a seasoned and professional airline executive with an understanding of every aspect of this complicated and challenging business. We are fortunate to have enjoyed the benefit of this leadership in San Juan and to call up on it again to lead one of our large operations in Chicago."

    Fabregas, a 25-year industry veteran, joined American Airlines in 1983 and quickly progressed through a number of management positions within the operation, including Passenger Service, Ramp Service and Facilities Maintenance. He moved to Executive Airlines in 1998 as Director - Finance and Administration, and has since contributed in a variety of roles, including Director - Sales, Marketing and Planning.

    In 2005, Fabregas was selected by the Senate of the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico as one of the most important business leaders in Puerto Rico.

    "Pedro Fabregas is an excellent executive. He is passionate about the success of Executive Airlines and the growth of travel and tourism in Puerto Rico and the Caribbean. Pedro has tremendous energy and integrity and strives every day to provide safe, quality service to our customers, to motivate our people and to improve the profitability of our company. Pedro will not only be a great leader for Executive Airlines, he will be a great advocate for Puerto Rico and the region," said Bowler.

    A native of San Juan, Fabregas holds a Bachelors degree in Administration from the University of the Sacred Heart and a Masters degree in Business Administration from the University of Miami School of Business.

    About Executive Airlines and American Eagle Airlines

    Executive Airlines is an American Eagle division that operates in Florida, the Bahamas and the Caribbean. American Eagle is one of the largest U.S. regional airline, operating over 1,700 daily flights to more than 150 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 3,900 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, We Know Why You Fly® and AAdvantage are registered trademarks of American Airlines, Inc. .

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    SOURCE: American Eagle Airlines

    CONTACT: Andrea Huguely, Corporate Communications, +1-817-967-1577,
    corp.comm@aa.com, or Minnette Velez, Corporate Communications, San Juan,
    +1-787-253-6369, both of American Eagle Airlines

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