The Saturday-only service will begin on February 12, 2011 and will run through April 2. The flight will return to American Airlines' schedule for...

American Airlines is launching new weekly seasonal service this winter from Chicago O’Hare to the tourist island of Cozumel, which is near the larger Caribbean resort of Cancun and is part of Mexico’s Quintana Roo state.

The Saturday-only service will begin on February 12 and will run through April 2. The flight will return to American Airlines’ schedule for the winter season in November 2011.

“We’re very excited to be offering this new flight from Chicago O’Hare to Cozumel,” says Tom Aichele, American’s vice president – central division passenger sales. “Midwesterners enjoy traveling to Mexico and other sunny, warm destinations during the cold winter months and this new flight will give them yet another location to enjoy.”

American Airlines operates a large and growing number of Boeing 737-800s, which it is using both to replace its fleet of aging McDonnell Douglas MD-80s on U.S. domestic routes and to operate international flights to destinations in Canada, the Caribbean and Latin America

The schedule calls for flight AA1867 to depart Chicago O’Hare International Airport (ORD) at 9:50 a.m. and arrive at Cozumel International Airport (CZM) at 1:40 p.m. local time. In the other direction, flight AA1870 is timed to leave CZM at 2:45 p.m. and to land at ORD at 6:35 p.m.

American will operate the new route with 160-seat Boeing 737-800s configured with 16 First Class Seats and 144 Economy Class seats.  The airline’s 737-800s offer new slimline seats in their Economy cabins, featuring adjustable headrests and additional leg and knee room. The aircraft also have additional power ports and digital entertainment systems.

From Chicago O’Hare, American also serves Mexican destinations Acapulco, Cancun, San Jose del Cabo, Puerto Vallarta and, starting December 16, the carrier will begin daily nonstop service to Mexico City.

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