American Eagle Airlines, the regional affiliate of American Airlines, has begun operating four daily round-trips between New York LaGuardia Airport (LGA) and Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport (MSP) with Bombardier CRJ700 regional jets featuring Eagle’s new First Class service.
Eagle has also begun twice-daily nonstop service between Miami International Airport (MIA) and Gainesville Regional Airport (GNV) in Gainesville, Florida, using 64-seat ATR 72 turboprops.
“American Airlines is committed to providing more options and exceptional service to our customers in New York, and American Eagle plays a key role in that effort,” says Art Torno, American Airlines’ vice president – New York. “These four daily flights to Minneapolis not only link two powerful business centers, but also offer customers convenient connections through New York to destinations throughout American’s global network.”
Speaking about American Eagle’s new Miami-Ganiesville service, Peter Dolara, American’s senior vice president based in Miami, says, “Our customers have been asking for this new service. Connecting these two communities is proof of our ongoing commitment to increase service from our Miami hub. It will also offer our customers from the Gainesville area the ability to connect to destinations throughout the U.S., the Caribbean, Latin America and Europe.”
With the introduction of nine First Class seats on all of its CRJ700s, Eagle now offers a premium product with the same level of service that premium-class customers experience on American Airlines.
The schedule for American Eagle’s flights between LaGuardia and Minneapolis sees flight AA4599 departing LGA at 6:15 a.m. and arriving at MSP at 8:10 a.m. local time. Flight AA4591 is timed to leave LGA at 9:35 a.m. and reach MSP at 11:40 a.m. Flight AA4588 pushes back fro mthe gate at LGA at 2:30 p.m. and lands at MSP at 4:35 p.m. Flight AA4649 departs LGA at 6:45 p.m., to make an 8:45 p.m. arrival at MSP.
In the other direction, flight AA4590 pushes back from the gate at MSP at 6:30 a.m. and arrives at LGA at 10:15 a.m. local time. Flight AA4586 leaves MSP at 8:45 a.m. and reaches LGA at 12:25 p.m. Flight AA4592 departs MSP at 12:15 p.m. in order to land at LGA at 4:00 p.m. Flight AA4589 leaves MSP at 5:05 p.m. and arrives at LGA at 8:55 p.m.
American Eagle’s schedule between Miami and Gainesville calls for flight AA4992 to depart MIA at 11:15 a.m. and land at GNV at 12:50 p.m. Flight AA4995 is timed to leave MIA at 8:20 p.m. and reach GNV at 9:55 p.m.
In the other direction, flight AA4991 departs GNV at 7:45 a.m. and lands at MIA at 9:20 a.m. Flight AA4996 leaves GNV at 1:20 p.m. and arrives at MIA at 2:55 p.m.
American and American Eagle are expanding their New York presence and say that by 2011 they will offer approximately 290 daily departures to more than 80 destinations, including destinations and flights listed through American’s partnership with JetBlue Airways.
All of American Eagle’s existing fleet of 25 CRJ700 regional jets have been outfitted with a premium-class cabin, and the airline has also begun taking delivery of 22 new two-class CRJ700s, with all the new jets arriving by the end of second quarter 2011.
Eagle’s complimentary First Class dining service on longer flights includes a Continental breakfast with cereal or hot oatmeal and yogurt and a lunch or dinner that includes a fresh salad or a sandwich and dessert. First Class customers receive warm, cleansing towels and mixed nuts prior to their meals, which are served on china. On flights of shorter duration, beverage service will be accompanied by a gourmet snack mix.
Eagle also offers Premium Baggage service to its First Class customers, ensuring their checked bags are expedited to the baggage claim area after landing.
Passengers can earn double miles for travel between New York LaGuardia and Minneapolis through December 31, 2010. To participate in this promotion, customers must register prior to travel using promotion code NYMSP. Passenger can also earn double miles for travel between Miami and Gainesville through December 31. To participate in this promotion, customers need to register prior to travel using promotion code GNV2X.
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