American Airlines Expands to Belgium

American Airlines will open a second U.S. gateway to Belgium in May 2004
with the launch of daily nonstop service between New York`s John F.
Kennedy International Airport and Brussels. The world`s largest airline
currently provides daily nonstop service between Chicago O`Hare
International Airport and the European Union`s “capital city.”

American will also expand its relationship with SN Brussels when Belgium`s
premier international airline places its own airline code on the new
flight. American and SN Brussels currently have a codesharing agreement on
the Chicago to Brussels flight and on connecting service via Brussels to
key business and leisure destinations throughout Europe and Western Africa.

“American continues to expand the options available to our customers for
travel to and from the important business centers of Europe,” said Henry
Joyner, senior vice president-Planning for American Airlines. “The breadth
of our network, at home and internationally, coupled with the AAdvantage
customer loyalty program and the great service our people offer on the
ground and in the air make American a smart choice for travelers seeking
convenient, rewarding and affordable travel.”

Belgium has been part of American`s system since 1989. The airline`s
codeshare agreement with SN Brussels, initiated in May 2003, offers
customers the opportunity to fly beyond Brussels to important European
destinations such as Milan, Munich and Vienna as well as strategic
destinations in Africa, including Dakar and Kinshasa. Conversely, SN
Brussels customers are able to travel to major metropolitan areas in the
United States such as Denver, Detroit, Houston and Minneapolis/St. Paul
via Chicago. Customers will also be able to connect to cities like San
Diego, San Francisco and San Jose, Calif., as well as Caribbean
destinations via New York.

“Thanks to the new codeshare agreement with American, the world`s largest
airline, we offer our clients not only a direct link to New York, but also
smooth travel solutions to the entire U.S. East Coast,” said Rob Kuijpers,
executive chairman of SN Brussels. “With this new route, we further
connect the huge network of American Airlines with our own dense European
and African flight schedule.”


American`s new daily service from New York will be flown on board a Boeing
767-300 aircraft with seating for 30 Business Class and 182 Coach Class
passengers. As with all flights to Europe, Coach Class passengers will
enjoy American`s More Room Throughout Coach seating that offers additional
legroom between rows.

With the addition of the Brussels flight, American will offer nonstop
service from New York`s JFK International Airport to five destinations in
Europe, 19 destinations in Latin America, Bermuda in the Atlantic and
Tokyo`s Narita Airport in Japan. No other airline works as hard to ensure
New York`s pre-eminence as “the” northeastern gateway to the United States.

American Airlines is the world`s largest carrier. American, American Eagle
and the AmericanConnection regional carriers serve more than 250 cities in
over 40 countries with more than 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
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American Airlines editorial, based on news release distributed by PR Newswire