Monday March 26, 5:41 pm Eastern Time

Press Release

SOURCE: American Eagle Airlines

American Eagle Launches New Regional Jet Service Between Worcester, Mass. And Chicago O'Hare

CHICAGO, March 26 /PRNewswire/ -- American Eagle, the regional affiliate of American Airlines, announced today that it will launch new regional jet service between Worcester, Massachusetts' second-largest city 45 miles west of Boston, and Chicago O'Hare International Airport on July 1. The new service will offer two daily round-trip flights using the popular 37-seat Embraer-135 regional jet.

``I want to thank Congressman McGovern, Senators Kennedy and Kerry and Massport for their assistance with this,'' said Tom Bacon, American Eagle's senior vice president for marketing and planning. ``This new regional jet service will be a great alternative for Boston area travelers to Chicago's O'Hare airport and points west.''

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, and where it is the only regional carrier to offer covered boarding. American and American Eagle recently completed a major renovation of O'Hare's Concourse G, including a new Admirals Club.

From O'Hare -- American's ``Gateway to the World'' -- American and American Eagle combined offer more than 500 daily departures to 107 destinations. American Eagle provides convenient connections to American's flights to Europe and Japan and to cities 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 Worcester and O'Hare:

                            Service Begins July 1
     From Chicago O'Hare to                From Worcester, Mass. to
      Worcester, Mass.                      Chicago O'Hare
     Flight Depart     Arrive     Aircraft Flight Depart    Arrive    Aircraft
     4455   10:05 a.m.  1:30 p.m. ERJ-135  4454*  7:00 a.m. 8:55 a.m. ERJ-135
     4457    6:55 p.m. 10:20 p.m. ERJ-135  4456   3:00 p.m. 4:55 p.m. ERJ-135
    *Service begins July 2.

[Chicago ATC News]