American Airlines confirmed (01-Aug-2013) the commencement of 76-seat Embraer E175 operations on 01-Aug-2013. The aircraft will be operated by Republic Airlines under the American Eagle Airlines brand as part of a 12-year capacity purchase agreement, and will initially be based at Chicago O'Hare. The carrier expects two to three E175 aircraft to enter service per month, reaching the maximum of 47 in 1Q2015. The aircraft are configured with 12 first class, 20 'Main Cabin Extra' and 44 economy seats. American Airlines VP network planning Chuck Schubert said: "For the first time in American Airlines history we are offering large regional jet flying as an option. In addition to strengthening our longstanding partnership with Republic Airways, this is a strong step forward in the diversification of our fleet and an important enhancement from one of our key hubs. It’s also great news for our customers, who will now have even more flight choices and opportunities to travel in the first class cabin." [more - original PR American Airlines] [more - original PR New Orleans Airport]
American Airlines confirms launch of E175 oeprations
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