Eagle is flying the route with Bombardier CRJ700 regional jets featuring the carrier's new First Class service in addition to economy-class seating.

American Eagle Airlines, the regional affiliate of American Airlines, has begun operating three daily nonstop flights between New York LaGuardia Airport (LGA) and Charlotte Douglas International Airport (CLT) in North Carolina.

Eagle is flying the route with Bombardier CRJ700 regional jets featuring the carrier’s new First Class service in addition to economy-class seating. All of American Eagle’s existing fleet of 25 Bombardier CRJ700s have been outfitted with a premium-class cabin, and the airline has also begun taking delivery of 22 new two-class CRJ-700s, with all the new jets arriving by the end of the second quarter of 2011.

“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’s vice president – New York. “These three daily flights to Charlotte not only link two powerful business centers, but also offer customers convenient connections through New York to destinations throughout American’s global network.”

American Eagle has long operated a fleet of 25 Bombardier CRJ700 regional jets and in December 2009 ordered 22 more. The carrier is outfitting all 47 in two-class configurations that feature First Class seating as well as new economy-class seats. Every seat on each aircraft is being upholstered in leather

With the introduction of nine First Class seats on all of its CRJ700s, Eagle says it now offers its customers a premium product with the same level of service that passengers experience on American Airlines.

The schedule for flights between LaGuardia and Charlotte (all times local) sees flights AA4582 departing LGA at 8:30 a.m. and arriving at CLT at 10:35 a.m. Flight AA4585 is timed to leave LGA at 2:30 p.m. and to reach CLT at 4:35 p.m. Flight AA4584 pushes back at LGA at 7:40 p.m. and lands at CLT at 9:50 p.m.

In the other direction, flight AA4581 is timed to leave CLT at 6:00 a.m. in order to make a 7:50 a.m. arrival at LGA. (Flight AA4581 operates one hour later on Sundays.) Flight AA4583 is scheduled to depart CLT at 11:05 a.m. and land at LGA at 1:00 p.m. Flight AA4575 departs CLT at 5:05 p.m. and reaches LGA at 6:59 p.m.

American Airlines and American Eagle are expanding their New York presence and by 2011 will offer approximately 290 daily departures to more than 80 unique destinations, including destinations and flights gained with an upcoming partnership with JetBlue Airways.

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.

American Eagle says it worked closely with engineers at the plane’s manufacturer, Bombardier, to design new custom leather seating for its CRJ700s’ premium-class cabins. The new seat includes four-way adjustable headrests, ergonomically-contoured back and seat cushions and a unique, articulated seat bottom, which allows customers to recline with less impact on the legroom of passengers seated behind them.

In addition, Eagle’s 22 new aircraft will be delivered with a redesigned ultra-slim seat design in the Coach cabin that will provide an additional inch of living space compared to existing CRJ700 seats and will incorporate many of the features found on the new First Class seat. The CRJ700 now offers either 54 or 56 seats in the Coach cabin and nine seats in First Class.

Eagle also offers Premium Baggage service to its First Class customers, ensuring their checked bags are expedited to the baggage claim area after landing.

Customers can earn double miles for travel between New York LaGuardia and Charlotte through November 30. To participate in this promotion, customers need to register prior to travel using promotion code NYCLT. Customers can register and obtain complete offer terms and conditions at www.aa.com/offers. If you are not yet an AAdvantage member, visit www.aa.com/enroll to enroll.

American Eagle operates more than 1,500 daily flights to nearly 160 cities throughout the United States, Canada, the Bahamas, Mexico and the Caribbean on behalf of American Airlines.