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    Update: American Airlines Cancels Over 900 Flights on Thursday; MD-80 Aircraft Inspections Continue

    American Airlines has canceled more than 900 flights on Thursday as it works to complete the inspections of its MD-80 fleet. The airline is also working to re-accommodate customers affected by this week's activity.

    As of Wednesday afternoon, 
    -- 179 MD-80 aircraft were completely inspected 
    -- 60 of the 179 MD-80s were returned to service 
    -- 119 of the 179 MD-80s were still undergoing work 
    -- 121 MD-80s remain to be inspected

    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 Wednesday, American officially canceled 1,094 flights, in addition to the 460 canceled on Tuesday.

    Customers who were scheduled on a flight that was cancelled 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 8-11, even if their flight has not been cancelled, 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,

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