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    Memphians, Finish Your Last Minute Holiday Shopping in New York City

    American Eagle, the regional affiliate of American Airlines, launched nonstop service today from Memphis, Tenn., to New York's LaGuardia Airport. This new service arrives just in time for Memphians to finish their last minute holiday shopping in The Big Apple.

    American Eagle operates the new route twice daily with its 37-seat Embraer ERJ-135 jets. Together, American and American Eagle have 15 daily flights from Memphis to five nonstop destinations.

    Memphis, of course, is the Home of the Blues and the Birthplace of Rock 'n' Roll, as well as home to the St. Jude Children's Research Hospital. This year, American Airlines and artist Charles Fazzino are giving art lovers a chance to own the internationally renowned 3-D pop artist's latest creation for the benefit of St. Jude.

    Through midnight this Friday, Dec. 14, St. Jude is auctioning off a detailed 4' x 4'4" mural based on Fazzino's creation titled, A Legacy of Service to New York. The artwork, a colorful view of Manhattan Island landmarks looking from the Battery up to the Bronx, celebrates American Airlines 80 years of service to the Greater New York community. American commissioned the piece for auction to benefit St. Jude as part of its annual Thanks and Giving campaign.

    Log onto http://www.stjudes.org/ and click on the link below "Support St. Jude" to bid. The Fazzino artwork is valued at $22,000.

    "St. Jude does extraordinary work that benefits children throughout the world who need their help," said Chuck Imhof, Managing Director - Passenger Sales, New York Division. "It's great that we can once again show our support through the Thanks and Giving campaign and present this marvelous New York mural for auction."

    The schedule for the new Memphis service is as follows (all times local):    
    New York LaGuardia to Memphis International Airport (LGA-MEM)      
    Flight          Departs              Arrives            Days       
    4882          11:20 a.m.           1:30 p.m.           Daily       
    4923           6:50 p.m.           8:55 p.m.       Daily; except Saturday     

    Memphis International Airport to New York LaGuardia (MEM-LGA)      
    Flight           Departs            Arrives              Days      
    4881*           6:35 a.m.          10:10 a.m.        Daily; except Sunday      
    4922            1:55 p.m.           5:35 p.m.           Daily  
    *Effective Dec. 14

    American, the world's largest airline and a founding member of the global oneworld® Alliance, and American Eagle, combine to carry more than 16 million passengers each year to and from four New York-area airports (John F. Kennedy, LaGuardia, Newark, and White Plains/Westchester County) on more than 180,000 flights.

    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, the AmericanConnection® airlines, AA.com and AAdvantage are registered trademarks of American Airlines, Inc.

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