GWINN, Mich., Jan. 24 /PRNewswire/ -- American Eagle, the regional affiliate of American Airlines, announced today that one of its maintenance affiliates will perform overnight maintenance for the airline's regional jets at Sawyer International Airport near Marquette, Mich. The Sawyer facility is operated by AMR Eagle Holding's Regional Aircraft Maintenance Center, Inc., (RAMCI). American Eagle and RAMCI are both subsidiaries of AMR Eagle Holding, Inc.
RAMCI now performs heavy maintenance for American Eagle's fleet of ATR turboprop aircraft. Overnight phase maintenance for American Eagle's fleet of Embraer regional jets will start Feb. 1.
American Eagle also announced that it will launch nonstop regional jet service between Sawyer and Chicago O'Hare International Airport on March 2. The airline will operate six weekly round trips with 50-seat Embraer ERJ 145 regional jets. The new flights will be Sawyer's first scheduled jet service and the region's only nonstop service to O'Hare.
``American Eagle will continue to take delivery of regional jets throughout 2001, so our need for maintenance support will continue to grow,'' said RAMCI Vice President Steve Rodgers. ``Assigning this responsibility to RAMCI at Sawyer is a vote of confidence in the many talented and dedicated maintenance professionals working here.''
``When the Board of Commissioners made a commitment to redevelop K.I. Sawyer, it was to create economic development opportunity,'' said Gerald Corkin, chairman of the Marquette County Board of Commissioners. ``We are delighted that American Eagle recognizes our outstanding workforce and the advantages of doing business in Marquette County.''
American Eagle's RAMCI affiliate has more than 200 employees based at Sawyer and has performed maintenance there for the airline since the facility opened in 1996. The 120,000 square-foot building can accommodate eight aircraft.
American Eagle's regional jets are also maintained at Abilene, Texas; Cleveland and Columbus, Ohio; and Northwest Arkansas Regional Airport near Fayetteville, Ark.
American Eagle's regional jets are powered by two Rolls-Royce engines. They are among the quietest airplanes in the world and can cruise up to 519 miles per hour at 37,000 feet. The jets have luxurious navy blue leather seats in a ``one by two'' seating arrangement, with one seat on the left side of the aisle and two seats on the right. They also have a closet for hanging bags, large overhead bins and a spacious lavatory.
American Eagle has been a pioneer in covered boarding for regional aircraft, especially at O'Hare, where it uses jetbridges to board and deplane all of its flights at Concourse G, and where it is the only regional airline to offer covered boarding. Concourse G recently underwent a major renovation and now has improved amenities, including an Admirals Club.
From O'Hare -- American's ``Gateway to the World'' -- American and American Eagle offer more than 500 daily departures to more than 100 destinations. American Eagle provides convenient connections to American's flights to Europe and Japan and to destinations throughout the United States.
With a fleet of more than 260 jet and turboprop aircraft, American Eagle operates more than 1,700 daily flights to more than 130 cities throughout the United States, Canada, The Bahamas and the Caribbean. Members of American's AADVANTAGE frequent traveler program earn a minimum of 500 miles for every American Eagle flight.
Here is the schedule for American Eagle's new service between Sawyer
International (MQT) and Chicago O'Hare:
Service Begins March 2 From Chicago O'Hare to MQT From MQT to Chicago O'Hare Flight Depart Arrive Aircraft Flight Depart Arrive Aircraft 4332* 5:45 p.m. 8:05 p.m. ERJ 145 4331** 8:01 a.m. 8:15 a.m. ERJ 145 * Does not operate on Saturdays. ** Does not operate on Sundays.