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American Airlines ‘Pleased’ With Grant of Antitrust Immunity

Deeper commercial cooperation between American Airlines and Belgium’s major airline, SN Brussels Airlines, will be possible following a grant of antitrust immunity between the two airlines by the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) today.
The approval permits greater coordination between the two carriers to
market, schedule and sell their flights.

“This is excellent news, allowing American and SN Brussels to work in ways
that benefit both of our airlines’ customers,” said Craig Kreeger,
American’s vice president - Europe and Pacific. “It comes as we are about
to add a second daily trans-Atlantic flight in cooperation with SN

On May 16, American Airlines will launch a new daily service between New
York JFK and Brussels. SN Brussels will be a codeshare partner on this
flight as they are on American’s existing daily Chicago-Brussels service.
American has operated between the United States and Belgium since May 1989.

American first launched a commercial alliance and codeshare agreement with
SN Brussels in May 2003, giving its customers the ability to fly beyond
Brussels to a growing number of destinations throughout Europe and Africa.

SN Brussels customers can travel to major metropolitan areas in the United
States, as well as Canada and the Caribbean, via Chicago and New York.
Frequent fliers can continue to earn mileage credit and redeem award
travel under American’s AAdvantage(R) and SN Brussels’ Privilege programs
whenever flying on services operated by the other carrier.


American and SN Brussels jointly filed with the DOT for antitrust immunity
in November 2003.

Besides spacious First- and Coach-Class cabins and an extensive route
network, customers on American also will find great low fares, the
opportunity to earn and redeem AAdvantage frequent flyer miles, and
exceptional service both on the ground and in the air, all of which
combine to make travel on American an exceptional value.