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American Airlines Announces new DFW to Madrid service


New DFW to Madrid Route Overview

Starting May 1, American Airlines launches a daily nonstop route between Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport (DFW) and Madrid- Barajas Airport (MAD), conveniently connecting two of the world’s most culturally and economically influential cities. This new travel option will connect the North Texas area with a more accessible link to the Spanish capital. With about 40,000 Spanish passengers per year projected to use the new Dallas-to-Madrid service, the route can prove particularly valuable in stimulating tourism in both regions, which in turn can provide economic and cultural benefits to residents as well as travelers.

In addition to the tourism appeal, Madrid and Dallas are home to nearly three dozen Fortune 500 companies, giving them a prestigious position among destinations for business travelers. As a financial center in Spain and the rest of Europe, Madrid is a natural choice for nonstop service from Dallas-Fort Worth, which also boasts a renowned financial presence.

The route from DFW to Madrid also lays the groundwork for future network enhancements between American Airlines and its oneworld Alliance partner, Iberia Airlines. Madrid-Barajas is the major hub for Iberia Airlines with more than 200 departures per day. Anticipating the grant of antitrust immunity, oneworld travelers going to Madrid and beyond could enjoy the benefits of coordinated flight schedules, enhanced mileage rewards, increased travel choices and seamless service.

These facts, coupled with the rich culture and history of both cities, make them ideal destinations for travelers from both sides of the Atlantic.

Dallas/Fort Worth – Madrid Business Class Menu

American Airlines Chefs’ Conclave developed the Business Class menu for the new Madrid service. The menu is in English and Spanish. Dinner menu items include items such as smoked salmon and herb marinated shrimp, grilled fillet of beef featured with a ratatouille sauce, cauliflower gratin and a medley of baby vegetables, and Basil caciotta and white cheddar cheese accompanied by seasonal grapes. Breakfast foods include items such as pepper jack cheese omelette with a cheddar cheese sour cream potato timbale and turkey sausage flavored with sun-dried tomato and basil and fresh seasonal fruit. For the complete menu, click here.

DFW to Madrid AAdvantage Bonus Mile Offer

Customers booking trips between March 4, 2009, and May 31, 2009 and traveling between May 1, 2009, and May 31, 2009 can earn up to 10,000 AAdvantage bonus miles for round-trip travel on American's new DFW-MAD nonstop flight. For more information, visit www.aa.com/aadvantage.

Quotes from Company and City Officials

"We are delighted to inaugurate this new service between DFW and Madrid," said Dan Garton, American's Executive Vice President – Marketing. "This flight is about opening up new business destinations, new leisure destinations, connecting cultures, and bringing forth new economic opportunities that previously did not exist."

"We applaud American Airlines for adding this important international destination to the DFW portfolio," said Jeff Fegan, CEO of DFW International Airport. "This new flight will add more than $130 million to the North Texas economy every year and provide our passengers hundreds of new connections through Madrid's Barajas International Airport.

"This is terrific news for the citizens of Dallas and all of North Texas," said Tom Leppert, Mayor of Dallas. "This flight is certain to increase business and tourism between Spain and Dallas and deepen our relationships with this important trading partner."

"This is another clear example of DFW Airport's significance here at home and abroad," said Mayor Mike Moncrief of Fort Worth. "Madrid is a wonderful city, and we in North Texas are proud of this important connection. It will boost our local economies and unlock global opportunities with a lasting impact for those on both sides of the Atlantic."

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