|Airline Benefits from Continued Focus on Safety with Increased Operational Efficiencies, Passenger Comfort and Access to New Service Innovation|
American Airlines (NYSE:AMR) and Weathernews Americas Inc., a subsidiary of Weathernews, Inc., today announced the signing of an agreement that designates the global, full-service weather company as the provider of meteorological information for the airline's operations. Currently, Weathernews is building a new aviation service center in Norman, Okla., that will provide advanced weather services to flight planning systems for American Airlines and regional carrier American Eagle by late summer of 2003.
"American Airlines' agreement with Weathernews ensures that we will continue to have the best weather forecasting tools available to keep our customers and flight crews safe from the impact of weather while we, as an organization, increase our operating efficiency," said Russell Chew, American's managing director of System Operations Control. "Additionally, Weathernews' global expertise and close relationships with key academic, government and private-sector organizations, will provide us with unprecedented access to advancements in meteorological research and development."
Under the agreement, Weathernews meteorologists and former American Airlines meteorologists who have joined the Weathernews team will work together in the new aviation center to support American and American Eagle, which operate more than 3,900 flights per day worldwide.
Weathernews selected Norman, Okla., as the site of its aviation service center to take advantage of the meteorological innovation and resources located in the area. They include the Federal Aviation Administration Monroney Center and the new National Weather Center, which will house the University of Oklahoma (OU) School of Meteorology, OU Center for Analysis and Prediction of Storms (CAPS), National Severe Storms Laboratory and the National Weather Service (NWS) Storm Prediction Center.
"The mission of Weathernews' new aviation center is to give our airline customers rare access to the innovations taking place in the meteorological community and help them better utilize advanced weather services on a global scale," said Jeremy Usher, president and CEO of Weathernews Americas Inc. "We are excited to work with American Airlines, known for its superior service innovations in aviation, to build the foundation for developing new, premium weather services that ensure constant flight safety."
Founded in 1952 by a former United Airlines meteorologist, Weathernews has a staff of highly trained personnel with extensive aviation experience, having worked for U.S., Japanese and other international commercial airlines as well as the U.S. Air Force. The company has built a range of services for the aviation industry that include aviation forecasting, flight planning and flight dispatcher solutions. These services meet a full spectrum of safety and economic requirements for the variety of aviation organizations operating throughout the world, from commercial aviation to helicopter and light aircraft (offshore, maintenance of utility lines, mountain rescue, etc.) companies.
About American Airlines
American Airlines is the world's largest carrier. American, in concert with American Eagle and the AmericanConnection regional carriers, makes up the American Airlines network. Together, they serve 250 cities in 41 countries and territories with approximately 4,400 daily flights. The combined network fleet numbers more than 1,100 aircraft. American's award-winning Web site, AA.com, provides users with easy access to check and book fares, plus personalized news, information and travel offers. Only American provides More Room Throughout Coach for more Coach passengers. American Airlines is a founding member of the oneworld Alliance.
About Weathernews Americas Inc.Weathernews Americas Inc. is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Weathernews, Inc. Based in Japan, Weathernews, Inc. is the world's largest, publicly-traded, full-service weather company. A global organization with 36 offices in 13 countries, Weathernews delivers customized, easy-to-use risk communication services to businesses and individuals whose lives or livelihoods are affected by the weather. Currently, Weathernews delivers weather information, analysis and risk communication services to some of the largest companies in agriculture, aviation, energy, marine, media, offshore oil and retail. For more information, please visit our Web site at www.us.weathernews.com.