October 28, 2008

American Airlines Enlists The Royal Chef to Enhance Westbound European Menus

FORT WORTH, Texas, Oct. 28 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Beginning Nov. 1, First and Business Class passengers traveling on American Airlines westbound European flights will be able to sample new palate-pleasing items with broad European flair. American, in conjunction with The Royal Chef (TM) Darren McGrady, is unveiling newly-refreshed International Flagship Service, which features dishes that embody ingredients typical of English cuisine, and flavors that have broad appeal.

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"American Airlines is committed to enhancing the travel experience for our customers and we view dining as an integral part of this experience," said John Tiliacos, American's Managing Director - Onboard Products. "We are excited to offer Chef McGrady's culinary delights to our customers as they travel from Europe."

New menu items are the result of a collaborative effort between Chef McGrady, Alpha Flight Services, and American Airlines flight attendants and customers. These new signature entrees will be clearly identified on newly-redesigned printed menus which will rotate monthly and will include:

-- Cottage Pie -- seasoned beef topped with piped potatoes and shredded cheese and baked until golden brown

-- Stuffed Chicken -- chicken stuffed with Cumberland sausage, served with roasted spring vegetables accented with garlic and tarragon, and honey braised red cabbage

-- Beef Roulade -- beef tenderloin-sausage roulade with red wine portabella sauce, boulangere potatoes, and baby carrot garnish

-- Oatmeal-Crusted Pork -- oatmeal-crusted pork enhanced by a Drambuie juniper berry sauce, offered with cauliflower puree and French-style peas

-- Beef Filet -- tender beef filet with morel mushroom sauce, sage derby potatoes, and steamed broccoli florets

"I spent 15 years cooking for the British Royal Family and during that time prepared food to the highest standard using the best produce available for the royal family, kings, queens, presidents and heads of state around the world on a daily basis," said Chef McGrady. "It is an honor and a pleasure to be invited to share some of those dishes with American Airlines passengers."

American Airlines, a founding member of the global oneworld(R) Alliance, offers regularly scheduled service between the United States and Barcelona, Brussels, Dublin, Frankfurt, London, Madrid, Manchester, Milan, Moscow, Paris, Rome and Zurich.

About American Airlines

American Airlines, American Eagle and the AmericanConnection(R) airlines serve 250 cities in 40 countries with more than 4,000 daily flights. The combined network fleet numbers more than 1,000 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. American Airlines is a founding member of the oneworld(R) Alliance, which brings together some of the best and biggest names in the airline business, enabling them to offer their customers more services and benefits than any airline can provide on its own. Together, its members serve nearly 700 destinations in over 140 countries and territories. American Airlines, Inc. and American Eagle Airlines, Inc. are subsidiaries of AMR Corporation. American Airlines, American Eagle, AmericanConnection, AA.com, We know why you fly, AAdvantage, AAdvantage Executive Platinum, AAdvantage Platinum, AAdvantage Gold and AAirpass are registered trademarks of American Airlines, Inc.

About Chef Darren McGrady

Born in Nottinghamshire, England, Darren trained at the prestigious Savoy Hotel in London and in 1982 moved to the Royal Kitchen at Buckingham Palace where for 11 years he cooked for the Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh and their guests on a daily basis and catered banquets for Foreign Heads of State including Presidents Bush, Clinton, Reagan and Ford. In 1993 he moved to Kensington Palace as Private Chef to Diana, Princess of Wales for four years until the tragic accident in August 1997.

Since the Princess's death, he has devoted much of his free time working for causes she supported. Darren is a board member of the Pink Ribbons Crusade, a not for profit charity that uses its museum type exhibit "A Date with Diana" to promote Breast Cancer awareness.

Darren is a keynote speaker and culinary demonstrator and through his agent PMG CHEFS does presentations and cooking demonstrations for corporate and charity events around the world. His first cookbook, Eating Royally - Recipes and Remembrances of a Palace Kitchen - was published in July 2007 with all of his advance and royalties from the book going to the Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric Aids Foundation. Darren also has a website http://www.theroyalchef.com that has stories and photos of his Royal service as well as favorite recipes of the Royal family.

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Editors Note: Photos of the new menu items are available at http://www.aa.com/content/amrcorp/pressReleases/2008_10/28_westeurmenu.jhtml

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CONTACT: Charley Wilson, Corporate Communications, Fort Worth, Texas, ofAmerican Airlines, Inc., +1-817-967-1577, [email protected]

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