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    First JFK-Las Vegas Flight Offers the Steak - as Well as the Sizzle

    Passengers on American Airlines inaugural flight from JFK to Las Vegas today will enjoy some steak as well as some sizzle when they dine on baguettes and wraps provided by one of New York's more popular steakhouses, the Strip House, which just recently opened a restaurant in Las Vegas.

    Coach passengers at the JFK departure gate will receive boxed meals featuring steak wraps, while First Class passengers will receive steak sandwiches on a baguette. All passengers will also receive a Strip House miniature 24-layer chocolate cake for dessert, which is renowned for its taste, richness and decadence.

    "Las Vegas is a great addition to our growing list of nonstop destinations out of New York," said Chuck Imhof, American's Vice President of Passenger Sales - Greater New York. "We've said that we intend to be New York's favorite airline, and we'll do it with features like new flights and enhanced services. Linking New York and Las Vegas -- two high-energy cities that never sleep -- is another exciting step in that direction. "

    Imhoff added that the steak promotion fits right in with American's New York "sizzle."

    "Las Vegas and New York have are two of the greatest cities in the United States," said Penny Glazier, co-owner of the Strip House, "and we're delighted to team up with American Airlines in linking these two great locations where people can enjoy our Strip House restaurants, among other great attractions."

    American launches nonstop service from JFK today, offering one daily flight in each direction. From JFK, the flight is scheduled to give customers plenty of time for a full day of work before heading off to Vegas for a full night of fun, while the return flight from Las Vegas will leave lots of time for a night of play before returning home.

    The new service from JFK will also benefit American's international customers, as well as international travelers arriving on oneworld® Alliance airlines through easy connections. American is a founding member of oneworld.

    Here is American's schedule, effective today.  All times shown are local.   
    FLIGHT                   DEPARTS                  ARRIVES        
    257                    4:30 p.m.                7:05 p.m.                     

    FLIGHT                   DEPARTS                  ARRIVES        
    258                    7:35 a.m.                3:25 p.m.

    American's service will be flown with Boeing 757 aircraft configured with 22 seats in First Class and 166 seats in the Main Cabin. The new route complements American's existing 23 daily flights to Las Vegas - 10 from Dallas-Ft. Worth, five from Chicago, five from Los Angeles, two from Miami, and one from St. Louis.

    Travelers can check fares and book flights by visiting AA.com. Book travel and purchase your ticket on AA.com and earn up to 500 AAdvantage® bonus miles. There are no online booking fees. In addition, on AA.com you'll find the absolute lowest fares available for American Airlines, American Eagle and AmericanConnection® flights -- guaranteed. For details about the AA.com bonus-mile offer and for full details on our Lowest Fare Guarantee, visit http://www.aa.com/benefits.

    The new nonstop flight to Las Vegas joins a list of other schedule enhancements out of New York that have already been implemented or will start later this year. Last month, American added new service or additional flights from New York to Atlanta and Raleigh/Durham, N.C., while its regional affiliate, American Eagle, began nonstop service to Cincinnati. This summer, American added flights from New York to Port-au-Prince, Haiti; Caracas, Venezuela; and San Francisco. In September, American Eagle starts nonstop service to Louisville, Ky. This November, American will begin nonstop service to St. Kitts and Nevis, as well as St. Lucia. And early next year, American will begin two new routes to Milan, Italy, and Barcelona, Spain, from JFK, as well as a second daily roundtrip between JFK and London's Stansted Airport.

    AmericanAirlines Vacations(SM) has a number of exciting and affordable travel packages available to Las Vegas, as well as many other popular destinations around the world. For more information, visit http://www.aavacations.com/.

    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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