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AMERICAN AIRLINES PROPOSES JOINT AIR FRANCE-AA FLIGHTS, WORLD AIRLINE NEWS STORY REVEALS

 AMERICAN AIRLINES PROPOSES JOINT AIR FRANCE-AA FLIGHTS,
 WORLD AIRLINE NEWS STORY REVEALS
 ARLINGTON, Va., March 13 /PRNewswire/ -- American Airlines' Chairman and President Robert Crandall proposed in Paris last week to Air France officials that the two airlines undertake joint flight operations between the United States and France and, during the same trip, met discreetly with French civil aviation officials to address French concerns about the growing number of U.S.-France flights planned this summer, correspondent Paul Michaud reports in Monday's issue of World Airline News.
 Michaud also reports that Air France Chairman Bernard Attali is not interested in joint operation of routes such as Chicago-Lyon and Chicago-Nice unless American reconsiders its decision to discontinue cooperative agreements between its powerful SABRE travel agency computer reservations system and the new European AMADEUS reservations system. United Airlines' Covia CRS recently announced a merger with the other major European system, Galileo.
 Serious concerns over the number of proposed new U.S.-France flights this summer by U.S. carriers have caused consternation among French civil aviation officials. However, it is believed that a compromise may be worked out within the next week, officials said.
 Also featured in the March 16 issue of World Airline News:
 -- Latin American airline Lan Chile was one of the few airlines in the world to make money in 1991, reporting an operating profit of $12 million last year, after an almost fatal 1990, during which the Chilean airline lost $15 million.
 -- Australian authorities have delayed the sale of part of Qantas Airways and Australian Airlines until the end of April, due to the about-face in aviation policy recently announced by the Australian national government.
 -- European airlines reported a 12.6 percent increase in passenger traffic in January, signalling possible recovery from the devastation caused by the worldwide recession and Gulf War.
 World Airline News, one of five weekly publications produced by the Airline Media Group of Phillips Publishing, Inc., began publishing in September 1991 and has become a leading source of news on the world's commercial airline industry.
 Its editor and publisher, Joseph S. Murphy, has been involved for years in the airline industry and in aviation publishing. Murphy founded Commuter/Regional Airline News and Airline Financial News, also a part of the Airline Media Group, which also produces Commuter/Regional Airline News International and Air Safety Week. The Airline Media Group will also soon begin publishing World Airline Fleet Review and currently publishes the Regional Airline Directory and the Airline Financial Directory.
 Potomac, Md.-based Phillips Publishing, Inc., publishes 53 business newsletters in its Business Publishing Division. The newsletters cover the fast-changing fields of telecommunications, data communications, banking, media, defense-aerospace and aviation. In addition to its business newsletters, the firm publishes magazines, directories, consumer newsletters and conducts conferences and seminars in telecommunications.
 Phillips Publishing, with sales of more than $72 million in 1991, is a privately held publishing firm with a staff of more than 300. The company was named for two consecutive years to Inc. magazine's list of the "Top 500" fastest growing private enterprises in the United States.
 For subscription information about World Airline News or other Phillips Publishing, Inc., publications, call 800-777-5006.
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