AA boosts flights to Ireland

American Airlines will begin Chicago-to-Shannon, Ireland, nonstop service beginning May 1, 2007. This new daily departure from O’Hare International Airport will feature Boeing 757 service and will complement American’s existing daily Chicago-to-Dublin, Ireland, flight that began in May 2006.

“We are excited about being able to offer two flights to Ireland this coming summer,” said Thomas Aichele, American’s Managing Director—Passenger Sales in Chicago. “Ireland is an extremely popular destination and our ‘Gateway to the World’ hub at O’Hare offers easy and convenient travel for both local and connecting passengers who want to leave their homes one day and be on the Emerald Isle by the next morning.”

American, a founding member of the oneworld(R) Alliance, is currently operating Shannon service in conjunction with a daily nonstop Chicago-to- Dublin flight. That pattern of service will return in October 2007 after the busy summer season.

“Ireland’s travel destination product is sought after by the discerning American leisure traveler,” said Joe Byrne, Executive Vice President, US & Canada for Tourism Ireland. “The expanded schedule of service by American Airlines is a welcome addition to the transatlantic airline seat capacity on direct nonstop service into Ireland.”

American will fly from Chicago to Shannon using 188-seat Boeing 757 aircraft featuring Main Cabin service. American’s Chicago-to-Dublin flight will feature 219-seat Boeing 767-300 aircraft that offer 30 Business Class seats with 60 inches of legroom and 189 seats in main cabin.