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American Airlines to Launch Los Angeles - Tokyo

American Airlines will inaugurate daily nonstop service April 4 between
Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) and Tokyo Narita International
Airport (NRT), providing travelers on both sides of the Pacific a
convenient schedule and American’s traditional high level of comfort and
customer service.
“April 4 will be an exciting day for American Airlines as we have long
wanted to fly the Los Angeles-Tokyo route,” said Dan Garton, American’s
executive vice president-Marketing. “The substantial economic and cultural
ties between the two cities make this a very important market for our
passengers and cargo customers, as well as for American Airlines.”

American will fly the Los Angeles-Tokyo route with Boeing 777 aircraft,
configured with 18 fully reclining First-Class seats, 42 Business-Class
seats offering a spacious 60-inch pitch, and 163 seats in the Main Cabin
arranged in American’s unique “More Room Throughout Coach” configuration.

En route, passengers will enjoy American’s award-winning International
Flagship Service, featuring an outstanding selection of dining, beverage
and entertainment options. In addition, First-Class and Business-Class
passengers will have access to a number of other amenities for use at
their convenience, including individual powerports and satellite
telephones at each seat. Powerports are available in the Main Cabin at
selected seats.

On the ground at LAX, American will provide dedicated check-in positions
for customers on the Tokyo flight, staffed with Japanese-speaking agents.
The U.S. Customs and Immigration inspection station is conveniently
located right in American’s Terminal 4.

There are Admirals Club(R) facilities in Los Angeles and Tokyo, providing
a quiet and convenient place to work or relax at both airports. The Los
Angeles club was recently expanded and now also includes a separate
Flagship Lounge(R) facility for First-Class international passengers. The
Admirals Club and the Flagship Lounge facilities offer both Japanese and
American spirits, food, magazines and newspapers among their extensive
list of amenities. Staff members fluent in Japanese are on duty in the
Admirals Club and Flagship Lounge locations, and also with Premium
Customer Services.


Said Garton, “We’re confident that American’s spacious cabins, outstanding
service, attractive fares and the industry-leading AAdvantage travel
rewards program will provide the superior value that customers are looking
for in this market, whether traveling for business or pleasure.”

American’s schedule allows for convenient connections in Tokyo to points
throughout Asia on American’s partner airlines in the Far East, including
fellow oneworld Alliance member Cathay Pacific, as well as Japan Airlines.
The flights are conveniently timed for easy connections via Narita to and
from cities including Hong Kong, Beijing, Taipei, Shanghai, Bangkok, and
Manila. In Los Angeles, convenient connections are readily available to
destinations throughout the United States and Canada on American and
regional carrier American Eagle.

“One of the many things that our customers like about American is that we
offer lots of choices. Our huge route network and robust schedule gives
them unmatched travel options, with many opportunities to earn and redeem
AAdvantage miles,” Garton said. “And, for a limited time, our new Los
Angeles-Tokyo route offers a great opportunity to build up a substantial
number of bonus miles in a hurry.”

To celebrate the launch of service—and the opening of its newest
gateway to Asia—American is offering up to 15,000 AAdvantage bonus
miles for nonstop travel between Los Angeles and Tokyo through the end of
June. Fly round trip in First or Business Class and the bonus is 15,000
miles; fly round trip on selected Economy Class* fares and the bonus is
7,500 miles. To qualify for the bonus miles promotion, passengers must
register prior to travel by calling the AAdvantage Dial-In(R) system at
(800) 882-8880, or by going to and using
Promotion Code LATYO.

American’s Cargo customers also benefit from the daily nonstop 777
service, which adds important widebody capacity in this market. All of
American’s Cargo products are available for flight-specific bookings on
this route.

With the launch of the new service today, Los Angeles becomes American’s
fifth U.S. gateway to Japan, joining Chicago, Dallas/Fort Worth, New
York-JFK and San Jose, Calif. In addition, Tokyo becomes the fourth
international destination served nonstop out of Los Angeles by American.
Other international destinations include San Jose del Cabo, Mexico;
London; and Toronto. (London service is increasing from one daily nonstop
flight to two daily, effective today). Nonstop flights to San Salvador, El
Salvador, will begin on June 10. American also serves San Juan, Puerto
Rico, nonstop from Los Angeles.

Several popular domestic markets will also see flight increases this June
as American continues to expand its schedule in Los Angeles. Domestic
destinations scheduled for increases include Dallas/Fort Worth, Orlando,
Fla., and San Francisco.