American Dismisses Raymond James Report

American Airlines today dismissed a Wall Street financier’s claim that
mainline carriers are having no competitive impact on limited-choice
carriers.  “This kind of ‘analysis’ flies in the face of the facts,” said Roger
Frizzell, vice president of Corporate Communications for American.
The Raymond James firm, which handled the initial public offering for
jetBlue Airways, opined today that mainline carriers’ competitive efforts
versus limited-choice carriers are not working. Frizzell called the
conclusion baseless. 

“Our competitive efforts—including our two-for-one fare promotion in
Boston, New York, Florida and California markets—boosted American’s
Boston- Los Angeles ridership to its highest levels ever in January,”
Frizzell said. Additionally, the promotion has attracted more than 13,000
new AAdvantage members and 150,000 enrollments, with more joining daily.

“The promotion is intended to remind customers that American flies to more
destinations, more often than any other carrier, at competitive prices and
with a frequent flier program that leads the industry. Obviously, our
customers are getting that message.”

Besides spacious First- and Coach-Class cabins and an extensive route
network, customers on American will also find great low fares, the
opportunity to earn and redeem AAdvantage(R) frequent flier miles, and
exceptional service both on the ground and in the air, all of which
combine to make travel on American an exceptional value.

American Airlines is the world’s largest carrier. American, American Eagle
and the AmericanConnection(R) regional carriers serve more than 250 cities
in more than 40 countries with approximately 3,900 daily flights. The
combined network fleet numbers more than 1,000 aircraft. American’s award-
winning Web site,, 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.