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Sandals Foundation Teams up With American Airlines to Deliver Essential Supplies to Haiti

MONTEGO BAY, Jamaica, Jan. 28 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- The Sandals Foundation, the philanthropic arm of Sandals Resorts International, is teaming up with American Airlines and its regional carrier, American Eagle, to fund the delivery of much-needed supplies to earthquake victims in Port-au-Prince, Haiti.

As a result of this partnership, the Sandals Foundation will underwrite the cost of 10 Humanitarian Relief Flights from San Juan, Puerto Rico, to Haiti. American will coordinate the relief supplies for these flights. The missions will commence on Tuesday, Feb. 2, and will continue three times per week through Tuesday, Feb. 23.

The flights will be flown on American Eagle ATR-72 aircraft, each with a capacity to transport 10,000 pounds per mission. The relief items sent will include water, medical and emergency supplies, food and shoes. The flights will also carry medical personnel and relief workers.

American Airlines has received donated materials from a diverse group of companies and organizations including:

  • Archdiocese of Puerto Rico
  • Boys Scouts of Puerto Rico
  • Caritas of Puerto Rico
  • Coca Cola Puerto Rico Bottlers
  • Conscience International
  • Daughters of Charity of St. Vincent de Paul, Puerto Rico
  • Food for the Poor
  • Fuller Group Puerto Rico
  • Hospice of Saint Joseph
  • J. W. Marriott Hotel, Miami
  • Johnson & Johnson, Puerto Rico
  • Josefita Monserrate de Selles School
  • Love a Child Foundation
  • Miami Rescue Mission
  • Panaderia Espana
  • Project C.U.R.E.
  • Project Medishare
  • Seminole Hard Rock Hotel and Casino
  • Share Your Soles Foundation
  • Yele Haiti

"We salute Sandals for initiating this partnership that will assist the people of Haiti tremendously," said Peter Dolara, American's Senior Vice President for Mexico, the Caribbean and Latin America. "The need for relief supplies and medical personnel in Port-au-Prince continues to be urgent. Through this effort the Sandals Foundation is once again demonstrating their commitment to communities throughout the Caribbean by helping their brothers and sisters in need."

Immediately following the earthquake, the Sandals Foundation mounted a Caribbean-wide campaign to raise funds and collect clothing and linens for survivors in Haiti. Employees and guests have given their overwhelming support, as have worldwide marketing and reservation representatives, Unique Vacations Inc., together with other tour operators across the United States, Canada, United Kingdom and Europe.

"I am humbled by the assistance our team and loyal guests have provided in supporting this initiative," said Adam Stewart, CEO of Sandals Resorts International. "Haiti needs our help in this time of crisis and in the foreseeable future. We are committed to assist our neighbor during this difficult time."

About Sandals Foundation

The Sandals Foundation, a 501c3 nonprofit organization, is the philanthropic arm of Sandals Resorts International. It is the culmination of three decades of dedication to playing a meaningful role in the lives of the communities where we operate across the Caribbean. The Sandals Foundation funds projects in the Caribbean in three core areas: education, community and the environment. For more information, go to www.sandalsfoundation.org.

About American Airlines

American Airlines, American Eagle and AmericanConnection® 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 nearly 700 destinations in more than 130 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)

About American Eagle

American Eagle is 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. (NYSE: AMR).

SOURCE: Sandals Foundation; American Airlines

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