American Eagle Airlines is launching twice-daily nonstop service between Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport and Abraham Lincoln Capital Airport in Springfield, Illinois on April 5,...

American Eagle Airlines is launching twice-daily nonstop service between Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport (DFW) and Abraham Lincoln Capital Airport (SPI) in Springfield, Illinois on April 5, 2011.

Eagle, which is the sister regional carrier of American Airlines, will operate the flights between DFW and the Illinois state capital with 50-seat Embraer ERJ-145 jets.


“Today’s announcement means air travelers departing from Springfield will soon have new and more extensive connection options,” says U.S. Senator Dick Durbin (Democrat, Illinois). “The decision by American Airlines to operate direct flights from Springfield to Dallas/Fort Worth, its largest national hub, is good news for air travelers, tourists, and local businesses.

American Eagle operates a huge fleet of Embraer ERJs, including this ERJ-145LR (registered N909AE) painted in support of the breast-cancer charity Susan G. Komen for the Cure

Adds Durbin: “I’m grateful for American’s continued commitment to Abraham Lincoln Capital Airport. This new service will allow air travelers to more easily connect to the airline’s extensive network of flights around the country, particularly in the Southeast and Southwest regions, and around the world.”

American Eagle’s schedule for flights between Dallas/Fort Worth and Springfield (all times local) calls for flight AA3253 to push back at DFW at 1:40 p.m. in order to make a 3:25 p.m. arrival at SPI. Flight AA3261 will leave DFW at 7:20 p.m. and reach SPI at 9:05 p.m.

In the other direction, flight AA 3236 (which will begin operating on April 6) is timed to depart SPI at 7:00 a.m. and to reach DFW at 9:00 a.m. Flight AA3238 is scheduled to leave SPI at 4:00 p.m. and land at DFW at 6:00 p.m.

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