American Airlines has selected Trans States Holdings, Inc. subsidiary Compass Airlines to operate 20 new Embraer 175s ordered by American as part of a larger Embraer 175 purchase.
Compass Airlines expects to begin taking delivery of the new Embraer 175 jets ordered by American and start scheduled service under the American Eagle brand and livery in the first quarter of 2015.
Its agreement with Trans States Holdings, Inc. and Compass Airlines also gives American Airlines the option in the future to place with Compass additional Embraer 175s which American owns.
“Compass Airlines has a proven history of providing safe, reliable, customer-friendly and cost-effective service on the E175 aircraft and this made Compass a great choice for our business and our customers,” says Kenji Hashimoto, senior vice president of regional carriers for American Airlines. “This is the first time Compass will provide regional flight service for American.”
American Airlines, a subsidiary of American Airlines Group Inc., announced in December 2013 it had signed agreements with Embraer to purchase 60 new 76-seat Embraer 175 regional jets, with options for up to 90 additional aircraft.
The addition of the 20 American aircraft will increase the fleet size of Compass Airlines to 62 aircraft, all of which are either Embraer 175 or Embraer 170 jets. Today Compass operates 36 Embraer 175s and six Embraer 170s, on behalf of Delta Air Lines’ Delta Connection network.
According to American Airlines, its new Embraer 175s will offer American’s customers a more seamless transition from mainline to regional flights. Each Embraer 175 will have 12 First Class seats, 20 Main Cabin Extra seats offering additional legroom and 44 seats in the Main Cabin.
The aircraft will also feature modern cabin elements including in-flight Wi-Fi, full-size overhead bins, more spacious lavatories, leather seats and adjustable headrests.
Powered by General Electric CF34-8E engines, the Embraer 175 is one of the most fuel-efficient 76-seat aircraft in the market today, according to American.
Compass Airlines began commercial service in May 2007 and currently has more than 1,200 employees operating 36 Embraer 175 and six Embraer 170 aircraft from its Minneapolis/St. Paul (MSP) and Detroit (DTW) hubs, as well as a maintenance facility in Louisville, Kentucky.
It currently serves 57 cities, operates approximately 200 daily flights, and carries approximately 4 million passengers annually.