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American Airlines Brings Puerto Rico Closer Than Ever; World's Largest Airline Launches Nonstop Los Angeles To San Juan Flights Caribbean Paradise Presents Another Option For Island Enthusiasts

December 19, 2003
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LOS ANGELES, Dec. 19 /PRNewswire/ -- 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 legroom.

"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.

American's new nonstop schedule is:

Los Angeles to San Juan (Fridays and Saturdays only)

Flight Departs Arrives

238 11:45 p.m. 10:30 a.m. (next day)

San Juan to Los Angeles (Saturdays and Sundays only)

Flight Departs Arrives

239 12:15 p.m. 3:44 p.m.

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


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CONTACT: Carlo Bertolini, Corporate Communications of American Airlines,+1-817-967-1577, or

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