In an article
posted July 20, 2011, The American Lawyer
's Brian Baxter reported on a record-breaking deal by AMR Corporation, owner of American Airlines. Husch Blackwell was one of three law firms that advised American Airlines in its combined order of 460 firm and 475 option aircraft from Airbus and Boeing, a transaction with a reported value of in excess of $38 billion and the largest aircraft order in history. Husch Blackwell's Aviation
team, Chair David Agee
and Associates Amanda Dysart and Nicholas Hendon, acted as outside lead counsel for AMR in its negotiations with Boeing. Husch Blackwell represented American in the negotiations for the order of 100 firm and 60 option Boeing 737 model aircraft with current generation technology, and an additional 200 Boeing 737 aircraft (divided evenly between firm and option orders) to be developed and produced with new re-engined technology for more efficient operations. Husch Blackwell also provided support to the American financing team and limited consultative support with respect to the Airbus side of the transaction. In addition, Husch Blackwell provided advice and support in regard to preliminary engine support agreements.