American Airlines Brings Puerto Rico Closer

Tonight, American Airlines launches nonstop flights between Southern
California and Puerto Rico. For the first time, passengers will be able to
step onto an American widebody aircraft and arrive in beautiful San Juan
without having to change planes.

American`s new nonstop weekend service offers a choice of Business Class
and Coach Class. Passengers choosing to travel in Coach Class will enjoy
the carrier`s More Room Throughout Coach seating, which boasts additional

“As part of our efforts to become Southern California`s airline of choice,
we`re working to provide travelers with the products and services they
value,” said Art Pappas, managing director-LAX for American. “We`re
complementing our nonstop service to Hawaii with another island getaway
option, this time to the east. Puerto Rico presents a host of activities
plus plenty of the necessities—sun and surf.”

San Juan also serves as American`s gateway to the Caribbean, offering
numerous connecting opportunities to destinations from the British Virgin
Islands to St. Vincent and the Grenadines.

American`s new Los Angeles to San Juan service underscores the breadth of
the airline`s network, which crisscrosses North America and stretches
across Europe, the Caribbean, Latin American and into Asia. American will
enhance its Asian presence by launching nonstop service from Los Angeles
to Tokyo, Japan, next April.


Attractions awaiting travelers to Puerto Rico include visiting San Felipe
Fort “El Morro,” a six-level fort overlooking San Juan Bay; Maunabo
Lighthouse, with spectacular views of the Caribbean; Hacienda Buena Vista,
a working coffee plantation; and the popular Bacardi Tour, during which
guests learn how rum is made.
The nonstops will operate weekends from Dec. 20, 2003, through the end of
next May. Effective June 1, service will increase to five times a week.
American will fly a Boeing 767-300 widebody aircraft featuring seating for
30 Business-Class and 182 Coach-Class passengers.

Business-Class passengers will enjoy a light snack outbound from Los
Angeles including rotating choices such as grilled salmon, breaded
chicken, roast beef panini or pizza. A full breakfast will be served in
the morning featuring entrees such as pancakes with roasted walnut syrup,
country cheese omelette or egg quesadilla.

Coach-Class passengers will also enjoy a served meal. Outbound from Los
Angeles they will receive a light “midnight” snack. A full breakfast is
served in the morning featuring rotating entrees such as French toast,
vegetable omelette or egg burritos.

Inbound from San Juan, Business-Class passengers enjoy a deluxe lunch with
soup, salad and hot rotating entree choices of plantain crusted turbot,
roasted chicken, Puerto Rican pot roast or sauteed shrimp plus American`s
world renown ice cream sundaes. Coach-Class passengers enjoy a served
lunch as well, featuring rotating entree options of lasagna, beef stew,
penne piquante or adobo chicken breast.

With the new service to San Juan, American offers nonstop service to 32
destinations from Los Angeles International Airport. The carrier also
serves Burbank, Long Beach, Ontario and Orange County airports in the
greater Los Angeles metropolitan area.

Connecting service from Los Angeles to San Juan via American`s hubs in
Dallas/Fort Worth and Miami will also be available on weekends as well as
every weekday.

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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