For Immediate Release

December 28, 1999

Jane Garvey, the Federal Aviation Administration's (FAA) top official, will fly from Washington, D.C., to Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport Dec. 31 during the Year 2000 rollover as an expression of confidence in the safety of the nation's airspace system. Later that evening, she will fly from D/FW to San Francisco, landing just after midnight and the beginning of the year 2000, Pacific Time.

Members of the national media will accompany Ms. Garvey on American Airlines Flight 1099, which will arrive at D/FW's Gate 27, Terminal A, at 7:43 p.m. On arrival, she will meet with media and give a report on how the system is operating during the critical Y2K changeover. A reception and news conference is planned at the gate area.

Members of the media wishing to join Ms. Garvey on the flight from Washington National should contact your travel agency or American Airlines to book the flight, which leaves Washington National at 5:10 p.m. Dec. 31. Seats are still available toda

Here is Ms. Garvey's New Year's Eve schedule for all media:

Dec. 31, 1999

7:43 p.m. Garvey arrives, American flight 1099, Gate 27 Terminal A.

Garvey meets press in Flagship Lounge with Bob Baker, American Airlines, and Jeff Fegan, Executive director, D/FW International Airport.

Garvey will discuss Y2K and how it has affected the national air space system.

Baker and Fegan to discuss how Y2K has affected AA and D/FW.

10:09 p.m. Garvey, national media depart D/FW for San Francisco aboard American flight 1435.

Jan. 1, 2000,

12:07 a.m. American Flight 1435 arrives at San Francisco.

Media wishing to attend should arrive at the gate for setup about 20 minutes before flight 1099 arrives.

Contacts this week:

FAA Roland Herwig, 405-954-7500 (through Thursday)

FAA John Clabes, 817-222-5006 (Friday through midnight rollover)

AA John Hotard, American Airlines, 817-967-1577

D/FW Melba Williams, D/FW Public Affairs, 972-574-6701

U.S. DOT Briefing Room