American Eagle Will Launch Regional Jet Service Between Chicago O'Hare And Richmond, Va.

Three Daily Round Trips Will Start Jan. 4

FORT WORTH, Texas, Nov. 27 /PRNewswire/ -- American Eagle, the regional affiliate of American Airlines, announced today that it will start regional jet service between Chicago O'Hare International Airport and Richmond, Va. The airline will offer three daily round trips with 37- and 50-seat Embraer regional jets starting Jan. 4.

The new service is a continuation of American Eagle's expansion at Richmond after launching regional jet service there earlier this year to both Boston and New York's LaGuardia Airport.

``Our new Chicago-Richmond flights, like our new Chicago-Greensboro flights that start in December, will put the Mid-Atlantic region within easy reach for Chicago and Midwest travelers,'' said Tom Bacon, American Eagle's senior vice president for marketing and planning. ``Our Embraer regional jets are ideally suited for this type of flying.''

American Eagle has been a pioneer in covered boarding, 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. A major renovation of Concourse G has been under way for some time and is nearly complete.