American Airlines Modifies Overweight Baggage

FORT WORTH, Texas -American Airlines and American Eagle announced today a reduction in overweight baggage fees from US$80 to US$50 on checked items over 70 pounds in weight on domestic flights. In addition, checked items weighing 50 - 70 pounds will be subject to a US$25 fee on domestic flights.

Previously, up to two checked bags, weighing up to 70 pounds, were accepted free of charge per ticketed domestic passenger and checked items over 70 pounds were subject to an overweight baggage fee of US$80. The change in overweight baggage fees will go into effect on Dec. 15, 2002, and will not affect customers who purchased tickets prior to Dec. 4, 2002.

American and American Eagle will continue to accept two pieces of checked baggage, one piece of carry-on baggage and one personal item, free of charge, for each ticketed domestic passenger. The two checked bags may be up to 62 inches (length + width + height) and 50 pounds. The carry-on piece may be up to 45 inches (length + width + height) and may weigh up to 40 pounds. Items over 100 pounds in weight cannot be checked at ticket counters and must travel as cargo. International allowance, size and weight rules may vary by destination. Customers can call American Airlines/American Eagle at 1-800-433-7300 or visit for more information.

American Airlines is the world`s largest carrier. American, in concert with American Eagle and the AmericanConnection regional carriers, makes up the American Airlines network. Together, they serve more than 250 cities in 41 countries and territories with approximately 4,400 daily flights. The combined American Airlines network fleet numbers more than 1,100 aircraft. American Airlines is a founding member of the oneworld alliance.