American Eagle Launches Regional Jet Service Between Marquette, Mich., And Chicago O'Hare

CHICAGO, March 2 /PRNewswire/ -- American Eagle, the regional affiliate of American Airlines, today launched nonstop regional jet service between Sawyer International Airport near Marquette, Mich., and Chicago O'Hare International Airport. The airline operates the route six days a week with 50-seat Embraer ERJ 145 regional jets. The new flights are Sawyer's first scheduled jet service and the region's only nonstop service to O'Hare.

American Eagle is celebrating the new flights with a special introductory round-trip fare of $158 for travel between Marquette and Chicago. The airline is also offering introductory fares for travel between Marquette and selected cities via O'Hare that range from $198 to $278. The introductory fares, which include fuel surcharges, are non-refundable and require a 14-day advance purchase and a Saturday night stay. Tickets must be purchased by March 30, and all travel must be completed by April 30.

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.

On Feb. 1, a maintenance affiliate of American Eagle -- Regional Aircraft Maintenance Center, Inc. (RAMCI) -- began performing overnight maintenance at Sawyer for American Eagle's fleet of Embraer regional jets. RAMCI employs more than 200 at Sawyer where it also maintains American Eagle's fleet of ATR turboprop aircraft.

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. 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:

     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**  8:00 a.m. 8:14 a.m. ERJ 145
     *  Does not operate on Saturdays.
     ** Does not operate on Sundays.

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SOURCE: American Eagle Airlines