American Airlines Group, Inc.

AMR Corporation Reports Third Quarter 2006 Profit of $15 Million, an Improvement of $168 Million Year Over Year

October 18, 2006
Excluding Special Items, AMR Records Third Quarter Profit of $114 Million, an Improvement of $209 Million Over Year-Ago Results

FORT WORTH, Texas, Oct 18, 2006 /PRNewswire-FirstCall via COMTEX News Network/ -- AMR Corporation (NYSE: AMR), the parent company of American Airlines, Inc., today reported a net profit of $15 million for the third quarter of 2006, or $0.06 per share fully diluted. The results include a $99 million non-cash charge in Other Income (Expense) to reduce the book value of certain outstanding fuel hedge contracts. Excluding this special item, AMR reported a profit of $114 million, or $0.45 per share fully diluted.

The current quarter results compare to a net loss of $153 million, or $0.93 per share fully diluted, in the third quarter of last year. Excluding the $58 million net negative impact of two special items, the net loss in the third quarter of 2005 would have been $95 million, or $0.58 per share.

"We are pleased to report a profit for the third quarter, which represents the first time in nearly six years that we have recorded a profit in two consecutive quarters," said AMR Chairman and CEO Gerard Arpey. "These results show continuing improvements in the Company's core business operations, even in the face of new challenges. But we also have more hard work ahead of us as we build a company that is better positioned for long-term success."

Arpey lauded employees for their resiliency and poise in the face of heavy summer traffic and the new security rules imposed after the London security threat in August. But, he also noted that competition from low-cost carriers and competitors that have gained cost advantages through the bankruptcy reorganization process remains a significant challenge.

AMR reported third quarter consolidated revenues of more than $5.8 billion, an increase of 6.6 percent year over year. In the third quarter, Other revenues, including sales from such sources as confirmed flight changes, purchased upgrades, buy-on-board food services and third-party maintenance work, increased 13.3 percent year over year to $333 million. The Company estimates that the London security threat in August reduced revenues in August and September by more than $50 million.

American's mainline load factor -- or the percentage of total seats filled -- was a record 81.7 percent during the third quarter. Yield, which represents average fares, increased 7.0 percent compared to the third quarter of 2005, and passenger revenue per available seat mile for the third quarter increased 7.7 percent year over year.

American's mainline cost per available seat mile in the quarter was up 3.8 percent year over year. Excluding fuel and special items, the airline's unit cost for the third quarter increased 1.0 percent year over year.

Lower fuel prices have reduced the Company's projected fuel costs for the second half of the year by $528 million compared to the guidance that AMR provided on July 19, 2006.

"While falling fuel prices provide significant benefits to our company, fuel prices remain at historically high levels and continue to be volatile," Arpey said. "That's a reminder that we must continue our efforts to conserve fuel and reduce other expenses."

The recent declines in fuel prices resulted in a $99 million non-cash accounting charge in Other Income (Expense) in the third quarter of 2006 to reduce the book value of certain outstanding fuel hedge contracts, as required by Statement of Financial Accounting Standard 133, "Accounting for Derivative Instruments and Hedging Activities" (SFAS 133). This non-cash charge will largely reverse itself in subsequent quarters.

AMR regularly uses fuel hedging instruments, including options and collars, to dampen the impact of volatile fuel prices. The Company's fuel hedging activities reduced fuel expenses by more than $300 million during the period from 2003 through 2005, and have reduced year-to-date 2006 fuel expense by $66 million.

AMR's cash and short-term investment balance was $5.5 billion, including a restricted balance of $464 million, at the end of the third quarter of 2006. In addition to making scheduled principal payments of $1.1 billion through the date of this release, AMR has repurchased approximately $128 million of debt since January 2006. Going forward, depending on market conditions, AMR's cash position and other considerations, AMR may from time to time redeem or repurchase its debt or take other steps to reduce its debt or lease obligations.

AMR continues to execute on the strategy laid out in its Turnaround Plan by working together with employees to identify ways to reduce costs, grow revenues, improve the customer experience and simplify its operations. A few recent examples:

American in September signed a 5-year service agreement with the U.S. Postal Service potentially worth $500 million in revenue to American, which is the largest single contract ever awarded to the Company's Cargo division.

Also in September, a team of Transport Workers Union (TWU) employees at American line maintenance bases and management set a goal to obtain $95 million of annual value creation for the airline by the end of 2008. That announcement followed more than $1 billion in similar goals set previously by maintenance employees at the Company's Tulsa, Kansas City and Fort Worth maintenance bases.

The Company last month said it will expand culinary options and overall service in First and Business class cabins as part of its investment in premium class services.

Continuing efforts to bolster its international business, American in July filed an application with the United States Department of Transportation to operate daily nonstop service between Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport and Bejing, China, starting in March 2007. The proposal has received wide- ranging public support.

The collaboration over the past several years between management, unions and employees helped produce a positive result in August, when Congress passed a bill that enhances AMR's ability to fund its pension obligations. Arpey noted that AMR was able to contribute $104 million to its various defined benefit pension plans since the end of the second quarter, bringing its total 2006 contributions to the plans to $223 million through October 13, 2006.

Editor's Note: AMR's Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer, Gerard Arpey, and its Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer, Thomas Horton, will make a presentation to analysts during a teleconference on Wednesday, Oct. 18, from 2 p.m. to 2:45 p.m. EDT. Following the analyst call, they will hold a question-and-answer conference call for media from 3 p.m. to 3:45 p.m. EDT. Reporters interested in listening to the presentation or participating in the media Q&A should call 817-967-1577.

Statements in this release contain various forward-looking statements within the meaning of Section 27A of the Securities Act of 1933, as amended, and Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended, which represent the Company's expectations or beliefs concerning future events. When used in this release, the words "expects," "plans," "anticipates," "indicates," "believes," "forecast," "guidance," "outlook," "may," "will," "should," and similar expressions are intended to identify forward-looking statements. Similarly, statements that describe the Company's objectives, plans or goals are forward-looking statements. Forward-looking statements include, without limitation, the Company's expectations concerning operations and financial conditions, including changes in capacity, revenues and costs; future financing plans and needs; overall economic and industry conditions; plans and objectives for future operations; and the impact on the Company of its results of operations in recent years and the sufficiency of its financial resources to absorb that impact. Other forward-looking statements include statements which do not relate solely to historical facts, such as, without limitation, statements which discuss the possible future effects of current known trends or uncertainties or which indicate that the future effects of known trends or uncertainties cannot be predicted, guaranteed or assured. All forward-looking statements in this release are based upon information available to the Company on the date of this release. The Company undertakes no obligation to publicly update or revise any forward-looking statement, whether as a result of new information, future events, or otherwise.

Forward-looking statements are subject to a number of factors that could cause the Company's actual results to differ materially from the Company's expectations. The following factors, in addition to other possible factors not listed, could cause the Company's actual results to differ materially from those expressed in forward-looking statements: the materially weakened financial condition of the Company, resulting from its significant losses in recent years; the ability of the Company to generate additional revenues and significantly reduce its costs; changes in economic and other conditions beyond the Company's control, and the volatile results of the Company's operations; the Company's substantial indebtedness and other obligations; the ability of the Company to satisfy existing financial or other covenants in certain of its credit agreements; continued high fuel prices and further increases in the price of fuel, and the availability of fuel; the fiercely competitive business environment faced by the Company, and historically low fare levels; competition with reorganized and reorganizing carriers; the Company's reduced pricing power; the Company's likely need to raise additional funds and its ability to do so on acceptable terms; changes in the Company's business strategy; government regulation of the Company's business; conflicts overseas or terrorist attacks; uncertainties with respect to the Company's international operations; outbreaks of a disease (such as SARS or avian flu) that affects travel behavior; uncertainties with respect to the Company's relationships with unionized and other employee work groups; increased insurance costs and potential reductions of available insurance coverage; the Company's ability to retain key management personnel; potential failures or disruptions of the Company's computer, communications or other technology systems; changes in the price of the Company's common stock; and the ability of the Company to reach acceptable agreements with third parties. Additional information concerning these and other factors is contained in the Company's Securities and Exchange Commission filings, including but not limited to the Company's Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2005.

    Detailed financial information follows:



                               AMR CORPORATION
                    CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF OPERATIONS
                   (in millions, except per share amounts)
                                 (Unaudited)

                                          Three Months Ended
                                       -----------------------
                                            September 30,           Percent
                                        2006             2005        Change
    Revenues                           ------           ------      -------
      Passenger - American Airlines    $4,657           $4,428         5.2
                - Regional Affiliates     644              570        13.0
      Cargo                               213              193        10.4
      Other revenues                      333              294        13.3
                                       ------           ------      -------
        Total operating revenues        5,847            5,485         6.6
                                       ------           ------      -------
    Expenses
      Wages, salaries and benefits      1,694            1,664         1.8
      Aircraft fuel                     1,771            1,582        11.9
      Other rentals and landing fees      317              337        (5.9)
      Depreciation and amortization       290              292        (0.7)
      Commissions, booking fees and
       credit card expense                284              292        (2.7)

      Maintenance, materials and repairs  252              269        (6.3)
      Aircraft rentals                    154              148         4.1
      Food service                        133              136        (2.2)
      Other operating expenses            668              726        (8.0)
                                       ------           ------      -------
        Total operating expenses        5,563            5,446         2.1
                                       ------           ------      -------
    Operating Income                      284               39           *

    Other Income (Expense)
      Interest income                      80               40       100.0
      Interest expense                   (259)            (240)        7.9
      Interest capitalized                  7               12       (41.7)
      Miscellaneous - net                 (97)              (4)          *
                                       ------           ------      -------
                                         (269)            (192)       40.1
                                       ------           ------      -------
    Income (Loss) Before Income Taxes      15             (153)          *
    Income tax                            ---              ---         ---
                                       ------           ------      -------
    Net Income (Loss)                     $15            $(153)          *
                                       ======           ======      =======
    Earnings Per Share
    Basic                               $0.07           $(0.93)
                                       ======           ======
    Diluted                             $0.06           $(0.93)
                                       ======           ======
    Number of Shares Used in
    Computation
      Basic                               213              164
      Diluted                             237              164

     * Greater than 100%



                               AMR CORPORATION
                             OPERATING STATISTICS
                                 (Unaudited)

                                               Three Months Ended
                                                  September 30,
                                              -------------------   Percent
                                                2006        2005    Change
    American Airlines, Inc. Mainline Jet      ------      ------    -------
     Operations
      Revenue passenger miles (millions)      36,382      37,025     (1.7)
      Available seat miles (millions)         44,532      45,613     (2.4)
      Cargo ton miles (millions)                 557         539      3.3
      Passenger load factor
                                                81.7 %      81.2 %    0.5 pts.
      Passenger revenue yield per
       passenger mile (cents)                  12.80       11.96      7.0
      Passenger revenue per available seat
       mile (cents)                            10.46        9.71      7.7
      Cargo revenue yield per ton mile
       (cents)                                 38.32       36.03      6.4
      Operating expenses per available
       seat mile, excluding
       Regional Affiliates (cents) (A)         11.02       10.62      3.8
        Fuel consumption (gallons, in
         millions)                               741         763     (2.9)
        Fuel price per gallon (cents)          215.8       187.6     15.0

    Regional Affiliates
      Revenue passenger miles (millions)       2,578       2,386      8.0
      Available seat miles (millions)          3,475       3,326      4.5
      Passenger load factor                     74.2 %      71.7 %    2.5 pts.

    AMR Corporation
    Average Equivalent Number of Employees
      American Airlines                       73,000      75,600
      Other                                   13,400      12,900
                                              ------      ------
             Total                            86,400      88,500
                                              ======      ======

     (A) Excludes $702 million and $650 million of expense incurred related to
         Regional Affiliates in 2006 and 2005, respectively.



                               AMR CORPORATION
                      NON-GAAP AND OTHER RECONCILIATIONS
                                 (Unaudited)


    American Airlines, Inc. Mainline Jet
     Operations                                         Three Months Ended
                                                            September 30,
                                                      ----------------------
    (in millions, except as noted)                      2006            2005
                                                      ------          ------
    Total operating expenses                          $5,610          $5,495
    Less: Operating expenses incurred related to
     Regional Affiliates                                 702             650
                                                      ------          ------
    Operating expenses excluding expenses
     incurred related to Regional Affiliates          $4,908          $4,845
    American mainline jet operations available
     seat miles                                       44,532          45,613

    Operating expenses per available seat mile,
     excluding                                         11.02           10.62
    Regional Affiliates (cents)

    Less: Impact of special items (cents)                ---            0.12
    Less: Fuel cost per available seat mile (cents)     3.59            3.14
                                                      ------          ------
    Operating expenses per available seat mile,
     excluding impact of special items and the cost
     of fuel (cents)                                    7.43            7.36
                                                      ======          ======
    Percent change                                      1.0 %


Note: The Company believes that operating expenses per available seat mile, excluding special items and the cost of fuel, assists investors in understanding the impact of special items and fuel prices on the Company's operations.



                               AMR CORPORATION
                      NON-GAAP AND OTHER RECONCILIATIONS
                                 (Unaudited)


    AMR Corporation
    Impact of Special Items                             Three Months Ended
    (in millions, except per share amounts)             September 30, 2006
                                                       --------------------
                                                       Amount           EPS
                                                       ------         ------
    Net income                                           $15           $0.06
    Impact of special items                               99            0.39
                                                       ------         ------
    Income excluding special items                      $114           $0.45
                                                       ======         ======
    AMR Corporation
    Impact of Special Items                             Three Months Ended
    (in millions, except per share amounts)             September 30, 2005
                                                       ---------------------
                                                       Amount           EPS
                                                       ------         ------
    Net loss                                           $(153)         $(0.93)
    Impact of special items                               58            0.35
                                                       ------         ------
    Loss excluding special items                        $(95)         $(0.58)
                                                       ======         ======

    Note: The Company believes income (loss) excluding special items assists
investors in understanding the impact of special items on the Company's
operations.



                               AMR CORPORATION
                    CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF OPERATIONS
                   (in millions, except per share amounts)
                                 (Unaudited)

                                        Nine Months Ended
                                           September 30,
                                     ------------------------        Percent
                                       2006             2005         Change
    Revenues                         -------          -------        -------
      Passenger - American
                  Airlines           $13,621          $12,534            8.7
                - Regional
                  Affiliates           1,915            1,582           21.0
        Cargo                            605              573            5.6
        Other revenues                 1,025              855           19.9
                                     -------          -------        -------
          Total operating revenues    17,166           15,544           10.4
                                     -------          -------        -------
    Expenses
      Wages, salaries and benefits     5,103            4,979            2.5
      Aircraft fuel                    4,952            4,030           22.9
      Other rentals and landing fees     967              956            1.2
      Depreciation and amortization      868              868            ---
      Commissions, booking fees
       and credit card expense           839              849           (1.2)

      Maintenance, materials and
       repairs                           726              761           (4.6)
      Aircraft rentals                   449              443            1.4
      Food service                       386              388           (0.5)
      Other operating expenses         2,001            1,979            1.1
                                     -------          -------        -------
        Total operating expenses      16,291           15,253            6.8
                                     -------          -------        -------
    Operating Income                     875              291              *

    Other Income (Expense)
      Interest income                    201              104           93.3
      Interest expense                  (780)            (697)          11.9
      Interest capitalized                21               59          (64.4)
      Miscellaneous - net               (103)             (14)             *
                                     -------          -------        -------
                                        (661)            (548)          20.6
                                     -------          -------        -------
    Income (Loss) Before Income
     Taxes                               214             (257)             *
    Income tax                           ---              ---            ---
                                     -------          -------        -------
    Net Income (Loss)                   $214            $(257)             *
                                     =======          =======        =======


    Earnings Per Share
    Basic                              $1.07           $(1.58)
                                     =======          =======
    Diluted                            $0.91           $(1.58)
                                     =======          =======
    Number of Shares Used in
    Computation
      Basic                              201              163
      Diluted                            259              163

     * Greater than 100%



                               AMR CORPORATION
                             OPERATING STATISTICS
                                 (Unaudited)

                                              Nine Months Ended
                                                 September 30,
                                            -------------------    Percent
                                               2006        2005     Change
    American Airlines, Inc. Mainline Jet    -------     -------
     Operations
      Revenue passenger miles (millions)    106,253     105,147       1.1
      Available seat miles (millions)       131,883     133,485      (1.2)
      Cargo ton miles (millions)              1,640       1,636       0.2
      Passenger load factor
                                               80.6 %      78.8 %     1.8 pts.
      Passenger revenue yield per
       passenger mile (cents)                 12.82       11.92       7.5
      Passenger revenue per available seat
       mile (cents)                           10.33        9.39      10.0
      Cargo revenue yield per ton mile
       (cents)                                36.88       35.02       5.3
      Operating expenses per available
       seat mile, excluding Regional
       Affiliates (cents) (A)                 10.90       10.16       7.3
        Fuel consumption (gallons, in
         millions)                            2,183       2,242      (2.6)
        Fuel price per gallon (cents)         205.0       162.9      25.8

    Regional Affiliates
        Revenue passenger miles (millions)    7,522       6,588      14.2
        Available seat miles (millions)      10,168       9,452       7.6
        Passenger load factor                  74.0%       69.7%      4.3 pts.


     (A) Excludes $2.0 billion and $1.9 billion of expense incurred related to
         Regional Affiliates in 2006 and 2005, respectively.



                               AMR CORPORATION
                      NON-GAAP AND OTHER RECONCILIATIONS
                                 (Unaudited)


    American Airlines, Inc. Mainline Jet
     Operations                                Nine Months Ended September 30,
                                               -------------------------------
    (in millions, except as noted)                    2006            2005
                                                     -------         -------
    Total operating expenses                         $16,424         $15,419
    Less: Operating expenses incurred related to
     Regional                                          2,045           1,860
    Affiliates
    Operating expenses excluding expenses
     incurred                                        $14,379         $13,559
    related to Regional Affiliates
    American mainline jet operations available
     seat miles                                      131,883         133,485
                                                     -------         -------
    Operating expenses per available seat mile,
     excluding expenses incurred related to Regional
     Affiliates (cents)                                10.90           10.16
                                                     =======         =======

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