American Eagle Airlines will begin twice-daily nonstop jet service between Chicago O'Hare International Airport and Tri-Cities Regional Airport in Tennessee on July 2.

American Eagle Airlines will begin twice-daily nonstop jet service between Chicago O’Hare International Airport and Tri-Cities Regional Airport in Tennessee on July 2.

Tri-Cities Regional Airport (TRI) is centrally located between the Tennessee cities of Bristol, Kingsport and Johnson City and serves the communities of Northeast Tennessee, Southwest Virginia, and Western North Carolina.


American Eagle, American Airlines’ sister regional carrier, will operate the service with 44-seat Embraer ERJ-140 regional jets.

“American Airlines was the first carrier to operate at Tri-Cities Regional Airport, launching service September 1, 1937, and we are delighted to bring the American brand back, with service to the Tri-Cities area from our hub in Chicago,” says Gary Foss, vice president ― planning and marketing for the AA Regional Network. “From the Birthplace of Country Music to NASCAR racing at the Bristol Motor Speedway, the Tri-Cities area has a tremendous amount to offer.”

American Eagle is one of very few carriers to operate the 44-seat Embraer ERJ-140, a smaller sibling of the ERJ-145

Known as ‘America’s First Frontier,’ the Tri-Cities area also boasts numerous historic sites and a rich heritage forged by early European settlers in America.

Eagle’s schedule for flights between Chicago O’Hare (ORD) and Tri-Cities (all times local) will see flight AA4121 departing ORD at 12:50 p.m. and arriving at TRI at 3:40 p.m. Flight AA4126 is timed to leave ORD at 8:25 p.m. and reach TRI at 11:15 p.m.

In the other direction, flight AA4117 ― which begins on July 3 ― is scheduled to depart TRI at 6:10 a.m. and reach ORD at 7:00 a.m. Flight AA4122 will push back at TRI at 4:05 p.m. and arrive at ORD at 5:00 p.m.

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