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American Applauds New U.S. - China Agreement

American Airlines today issued
the following statement in response to the signing in Beijing of a new
bilateral aviation agreement between the United States and China:
“American Airlines enthusiastically applauds the signing of the U.S.-China
Aviation Services Agreement of 2004 today in Beijing, China. U.S.
Secretary of State Colin Powell, U.S. Department of Transportation
Secretary Norman Mineta, Civil Aviation Administration of China Minister
Yang Yuanyuan and all of the U.S. and Chinese negotiators who worked hard
to craft the agreement are to be commended. The new agreement will inject
much needed passenger capacity and competition into the U.S. and China
market over the next six years by allowing five new U.S. carriers direct
access to China. American Airlines, which has long been committed to
providing service from the U.S. to China, will vigorously compete in the
upcoming carrier selection proceeding.”