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As the sun began to rise over New York City last Nov. 29, lawyers for American Airlines Inc. electronically filed the necessary papers to launch the largest bankruptcy case ever of a U.S. airline.

A year later, American, parent AMR Corp. and their various subsidiaries have come a long way in remaking the Fort Worth-based carrier.

Officials have almost finished their rewriting of labor contracts. The aircraft fleet is almost set. They almost know what the airline will look like after bankruptcy.

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