American Eagle Launches Regional Jet Service Between Norfolk, Va., and Chicago O'Hare

CHICAGO, March 2 /PRNewswire/ -- American Eagle, the regional affiliate of American Airlines, today started regional jet service between Norfolk, Va., and Chicago O'Hare International Airport. The airline now offers three daily round trips with 37- and 50-seat Embraer regional jets and is celebrating the new service with special introductory fares and double miles for a limited time.

The new service expands American Eagle's operation at Norfolk, where it now offers daily regional jet flights to Boston and New York's LaGuardia Airport, while providing Midwest travelers with a third American Eagle destination in the Mid-Atlantic region. American Eagle recently launched regional jet service between O'Hare and both Greensboro, N.C., and Richmond, Va. American Airlines also serves Norfolk with flights to its hub at Dallas/Fort Worth.

``Our new service to O'Hare will give our Norfolk customers more travel options,'' said Tom Bacon, American Eagle's senior vice president for marketing and planning. ``Whether they are traveling to Chicago or beyond, American Eagle will have a convenient schedule to meet their travel needs.''

American Eagle's introductory round-trip fares are $198 for travel between Norfolk and Chicago and $238 for travel between Norfolk and selected cities via American Eagle's Chicago O'Hare hub. The introductory fares, which include fuel surcharges, are non-refundable and require a 14-day advance purchase and a Saturday night stay. The last ticketing date is March 30, and all travel must be completed by April 30.

Members of American's AADVANTAGE frequent traveler program who fly the new service through May 31 are eligible to earn double miles. To earn the bonus, members must register prior to travel by calling 1-800-882-8880 and then pressing 1 # * 26. When prompted, enter promotion code ORFRJ. Customers can also register for the bonus miles online at www.aa.com/offers. Customers who are not already AADVANTAGE members can enroll when they make their reservation.

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.

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. The concourse 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. AADVANTAGE members earn a minimum of 500 miles for every American Eagle flight.

Here is the schedule for American Eagle's new service between Norfolk and Chicago:

     From Chicago O'Hare to Norfolk        From Norfolk to Chicago O'Hare
     Flight  Depart     Arrive   Aircraft  Flight  Depart     Arrive  Aircraft
     4349   8:45 a.m. 11:47 a.m. ERJ 145   4328#  7:30 a.m. 8:45 a.m. ERJ 135
     4365   2:45 p.m.  5:47 p.m. ERJ 145** 4366  12:20 p.m. 1:35 p.m. ERJ 145
     4367*  8:55 p.m. 11:57 p.m. ERJ 135   4368*  6:50 p.m. 8:05 p.m. ERJ 145
     ERJ 145 seats 50 passengers.
     ERJ 135 seats 37 passengers.
     *   Flight does not operate on Saturdays.
     **  Flight operates with ERJ 135 on Saturdays.
     #   Flight starts March 3.

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SOURCE: American Eagle Airlines