American Airlines Clear For Take Off

American Airlines says it now has clearance from
federal aviation officials to return all of its 300 grounded jets
to service.

A spokesman says after 200 cancellations this morning, American
is running a full schedule with no cancellations.

Starting last Tuesday, the nation's largest airline canceled
nearly 3,300 flights, as it grounded 300 MD-80 jets to wrap wiring
bundles to meet federal safety standards.

The cancellations stranded hundreds of thousands of people
during the week.

The chairman and chief executive of American parent AMR
Corporation says the costs of the cancellations to American will
run into the tens of millions of dollars.

Gerard Arpey says that neither American's mechanics nor the FAA
were to blame for the groundings, and that he takes responsibility
for the cancellations. He says the company will hire a consultant
to help it comply with FAA safety rules in the future.


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