STATEMENT FROM UNITED STATES HISPANIC CHAMBER OF COMMERCE PRESIDENT & CEO JAVIER PALOMAREZ ON AMERICAN AIRLINES- U.S AIRWAYS MERGER DEAL

WASHINGTON, Nov. 13, 2013 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- "The United States Hispanic Chamber of Commerce (USHCC) applauds yesterday's settlement allowing the merger of American Airlines and U.S. Airways to proceed. We commend Attorney General Eric Holder's leadership on the matter, particularly his consideration of the American consumer and the need to maintain a healthy and competitive business environment of our nation's airline industry. As a result of this merger, American Airlines will become the world's largest airline and continue to be an iconic brand and powerful symbol of our nation's enterprise at home and abroad.

American Airlines is a trusted ally and longtime supporter of America's Hispanic business community. Its commitment to invest and empower minority-owned businesses is exemplary of the company's core values. We hope that this merger can be completed in a timely and efficient manner and look forward to our continued fruitful partnership with the new American Airlines."

About the USHCC

Founded in 1979, the USHCC actively promotes the economic growth and development of entrepreneurs and represents the interests of over 3.1 million Hispanic owned businesses nationwide that contribute in excess of $468 billion to the American economy each year. It also serves as the umbrella organization for more than 200 local chambers and business associations in the United States and Puerto Rico. For more information, visit www.USHCC.com

CONTACT: Valentina Pereda USHCC Director of Communications 202-489-2932Source:United States Hispanic Chamber of Commerce