American Airlines Recognized for Diversity

For the second consecutive year, American Airlines has been named one of
the Top 50 Best Companies for Latinas to work for in the United States.
The award was presented today during the LATINA Style 50 Award Ceremony &
Best Practices in Diversity Conference in Washington, D.C. Secretary of
Labor Elaine L. Chao was the keynote speaker at the awards luncheon.

A White House debriefing was held following the luncheon with members of
the Bush administration. Attending the debriefing from American Airlines
were Debra Hunter Johnson, vice president-Human Resources, and Maria
Cristina Sebastian, managing director-Sales Planning and Analysis. Earlier
today, Sebastian also participated in a panel discussion “Latinas in Top
Management Positions.”

“As the only airline to receive this honor, American is proud that each
year organizations and publications like LATINA Style recognize our
commitment to maintaining a diverse, inclusive workplace,” said Hunter
Johnson. “Companies like American that make diversity a commitment benefit
from the many different racial, religious, educational, cultural and
social backgrounds employees possess.”

American Airlines support for diversity initiatives also has been
recognized by other distinguished publications, including Hispanic, Equal
Employment, and Fortune magazines. Hispanic magazine named American to its
2003 list of “Top 25 Vendor Programs for Latinos” for coordinating
e-commerce workshops designed to teach women-and minority-owned companies
how to conduct business electronically. American previously received this
honor in 1999. The airline has also been named one of the top 100 Best
Companies for Hispanics.

American and the other companies on the LATINA Style 50 list have some of
the most enlightened employment policies in corporate America. Evaluation
was based on a number of factors, including number of Latina executives,
mentoring programs and educational opportunities. For more information on
the LATINA Style awards, please visit .


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
personalized news, information and travel offers. American Airlines is a
founding member of the oneworld Alliance.