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    Update: American Airlines Cancels Approximately 570 Flights on Friday as MD-80 Aircraft Inspections Continue

    American Airlines has canceled approximately 570 flights on Friday, April 11, as it works to complete the inspections of its MD-80 fleet. The airline continues efforts to re-accommodate customers affected by this week's activity.

    As of Thursday afternoon, 132 MD-80 aircraft were returned to service. Inspections will continue overnight, with approximately 170 MD-80s expected to be available for service on Friday morning.

    These inspections were conducted to ensure compliance with a Federal Aviation Administration directive related to the bundling of wires in the wheel well of the MD-80 aircraft. American Airlines apologizes for any inconvenience this activity has created for our customers.

    On Thursday American Airlines canceled over 930 flights related to the MD-80 inspections. That follows the cancellation of 1,094 flights on Wednesday and 460 canceled flights on Tuesday.

    Customers who were scheduled on a flight that was canceled may request a full refund or apply the value of their ticket toward future travel on American Airlines. Additionally, customers scheduled to travel on any MD-80 flight April 8-13, even if their flight has not been canceled, may rebook without a change fee to any AA flight with availability in the same cabin as long as their travel begins by April 17.

    Customers who were inconvenienced with overnight stays should go to AA.com where a link has been established to request information about compensation. Customers also are encouraged to continue to check AA.com or to contact their travel agents for flight status information.

    Current AMR Corp. releases can be accessed on the Internet.

    The address is http://www.aa.com/

    First Call Analyst:
    FCMN Contact: rick.wilbins@aa.com

    SOURCE: American Airlines

    CONTACT: Corporate Communications of American Airlines, +1-817-967-1577,

    Web site: http://www.aa.com/

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