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AMERICAN AIRLINES CARGO DIVISION ANNOUNCES RECORD CARGO VOLUME FOR MONTH OF DECEMBER

 AMERICAN AIRLINES CARGO DIVISION ANNOUNCES
 RECORD CARGO VOLUME FOR MONTH OF DECEMBER
 DALLAS/FORT WORTH AIRPORT, Texas, Jan. 22 /PRNewswire/ -- American Airlines Cargo Division, bucking U.S. air cargo industry trends, today reported record cargo volume in December and in 1991, with increases of 15.8 percent and 9.0 percent, respectively.
 "At a time when some of our largest competitors are carrying less cargo than a year ago, it is gratifying to report record levels of cargo business at American," said William R. Boesch, president of AA Cargo.
 Through November 1991, the most current reporting period, the Air Transport Association of America reported cargo ton miles for U.S. passenger carriers and Federal Express declined 4.9 percent. Conversely, American experienced an 8.3 percent increase in cargo volume during the same 11-month period.
 In December, American flew 111.9 million cargo ton miles (CTMs), 15.8 percent more than the 96.6 million it flew in December 1990 and a record for that month. Freight ton miles (FTMs) jumped 17.0 percent to 71.0 million from 60.7 million, while mail ton miles (MTMs) rose 13.9 percent to 40.9 million from 35.9 million.
 During the 12 months ended Dec. 31, 1991, American's CTMs grew 9.0 percent to a record 1,146.2 million from a 1990 level of 1,051.6 million. FTMs increased 10.2 percent to 845.0 million from 767.1 million and MTMs rose 5.9 percent to 301.3 million from 284.5 million.
 Boesch attributed American's strong performance to several factors, including American's cargo service improvements and expanded route system, continued airline consolidation and support from freight forwarders.
 "The demise of a number of combination carriers has meant more cargo for the remaining carriers, and American, through tangible service improvements, has garnered a premium share of that business," Boesch said.
 He cited the airline's Miami hub as an example.
 "Although just 18 months old, American's Miami hub has grown with breathtaking speed to become the single most important international air cargo station in our system," Boesch said. "In 1991, American surpassed all other carriers -- including all-cargo airlines -- to become Miami's largest air cargo carrier."
 According to Boesch, American's new "partnership" approach with freight forwarders led to increased business from the forwarder community in 1991.
 "Forwarders are an integral part of the shipping process, particularly on the international side of the business and bring value to their customers," Boesch said. "We've worked hard to let forwarders know that we seek to work with them, not against them, in order to increase both our business and their business."
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 /CONTACT: Steve McGregor of American Airlines, 817-931-1054/
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