American Airlines car giveaway competition helps new route to New York JFK get off to a flying start

Winner Helen Davis with her new car in front of an American Airlines Boeing 757 aircraft
with representatives from American Airlines, Birmingham Airport and Guest Motors

American Airlines, the world’s largest airline, recently gave away a brand new Fiat 500 car
to Helen Davis, a lucky Midlands-based travel agent from Travel Counsellors, after running
a competition with Birmingham Airport

UK based travel agents were given the opportunity to enter the competition between 29 April
and 31 October 2015 once they had secured a booking, for travel before the end of the year,
on the new daily American Airlines service from Birmingham to New York City’s JFK Airport

American Airlines commenced the new daily services on the Friday 8 May 2015 bringing the
"Oneworld" airline alliance to Birmingham and opening up new opportunities to fly to North
America and onwards to the Caribbean, South America, Canada and Bermuda

Helen, from Bloxwich, said: "I’ve worked in the travel industry for fifteen years and I’ve never won
anything like this! My husband is as happy as me as I’ve always borrowed his car to get about. This
is a dream come true - thank you very much to all the companies involved in making this possible!"

William Pearson, Aviation Development Director at Birmingham Airport, said: "I am delighted
that the competition had such a national reach, with entries from both leisure and corporate
travel agents stretching from Scotland to the southern counties of England. It was absolutely
fantastic to see Helen’s face when we handed her the keys to her brand new car"

David Thomas, Director of Sales for American Airlines in UK and Ireland, said: "Birmingham
Airport is an important part of our regional UK network and the strategy for our Atlantic joint
business with British Airways. Demand for more long haul service to key US business and leisure
destinations is increasing. Launching Birmingham to New York JFK in May 2015 was our response
to that demand. The opportunity for passengers to earn and redeem loyalty miles through the
"Oneworld" Alliance has attracted more frequent flyers to our services

Monday 14 December 2015
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