From January 31, American Airlines’ sister regional carrier American Eagle is replacing all of its ATR 72 turboprops now operating from Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport.
The move is part of parent AMR Corporation’s effort to cut costs and improve productivity while under Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection, which AMR Corp., American Airlines and American Eagle entered on November 29.
The move will mean 14 markets throughout Arkansas, Louisiana, Missouri, Oklahoma and Texas receiving all-jet rather than turboprop service from January 31. American Eagle will operate the daily flights with a combination of 37-seat Embraer ERJ-135s, 44-seat ERJ-140s and 50-seat ERJ-145 regional jets.
“We are pleased to once again provide jet service to all Eagle destinations from our hub in Dallas/Fort Worth,” says Gary Foss, managing director – network planning for American’s regional network. “We know our customers will enjoy the comfortable, quiet ride of these Embraer jets, enhancing their overall travel experience.”
Among the cities served from Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport (DFW) that will switch to all-jet service on January 31 will be College Station, Texas, with three daily departures; Fort Smith, Arkansas, with four flights daily; Joplin, Missouri, served twice a day; and Killeen, Texas, which American Eagle flies to nine times daily from DFW.
Also seeing all-jet American Eagle service will be Lawton, Oklahoma, with five flights a day; Longview, Texas, served twice each day; Lubbock, Texas, which sees seven daily American Eagle flights from DFW; and Monroe, Louisian, a destination to which the carrier flies twice daily from its DFW hub.
American Eagle will also offer all-jet service from DFW to Shreveport, Lousiana seven times daily; San Angelo, Texas, four times a day; Waco, Texas, four times daily; and Wichita Falls, Texas, three times each day.
Texarkana, Texas will receive three-times daily American Eagle jet service from DFW; and Tyler, Texas will see four American Eagle jet flights a day from American’s and Eagle’s biggest hub.
American Eagle operates more than 1,500 daily flights to more than 170 cities throughout the United States, Canada, the Bahamas, Mexico and the Caribbean on behalf of American Airlines.
Together, American, American Eagle and AmericanConnection regional-airline franchisees serve 260 airports in 50 countries and territories with, on average, more than 3,300 daily flights. The combined network fleet numbers more than 900 aircraft.