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 DALLAS/FORT WORTH AIRPORT, Nov. 18 /PRNewswire/ -- American Airlines has issued the following statement:
 "We are gratified that thousands of loyal and hard-working flight attendants have chosen to come to work today and encouraged by the fact that as the day has progressed, the percentage reporting has risen steadily. Although system figures vary, by early afternoon over 60 percent of the flights from D/FW, our largest hub, were properly crewed. Regrettably, some flight attendants have chosen to participate in the strike.
 "We have operated a normal schedule today, although we have flown some flights with cargo and mail only. We expect this pattern to continue and will be notifying and reaccomodating any passengers who will be affected by the strike.
 "We sincerely regret the inconvenience the strike has caused our loyal customers. We are also saddened by the fact that many of the flight attendants who have chosen to strike likely will not have a job to return to.
 "The satisfaction of our customers is at the heart of our franchise. This action by the APFA has forced us to violate the trust of some of our customers, and nothing could be worse for our airline.
 "However, the APFA has left us with no choice. We have been compelled to choose between sacrificing our company's long-term future by yielding to the union's unreasonable demands or suffering the very adverse but nonetheless short-term impacts of a strike. Clearly, we must operate the company in the long-term interests of all our constituencies.
 "We had offered our flight attendants generous increases in pay and benefits and had sought only modest productivity improvements despite the fact that most of our competitors have obtained or are seeking pay and benefit concessions. Since the future of all American's people is linked to the health of the airline, we had hoped that we could introduce needed productivity changes at American in an environment of sober and rational discussion among all employee groups. Unhappily, the APFA's strike has precluded us from achieving the necessary change in that way."
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 /CONTACT: American Airlines corporate communications, 817-967-1577/

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