American Airlines to Fly Large Embraer Regional Jets
American Airlines has announced it will establish a fleet of large regional jets including 53 Embraer 175 76-seat aircraft starting this year.
The new aircraft will sport the new American Eagle livery and a two-class configuration with first class and main cabin. The aircraft will also offer American’s premium-economy Main Cabin Extra seats with expanded legroom.
The move was made possible by a capacity purchase agreement with Republic Airways Holdings. As part of the agreement, Republic will acquire 53 Embraer E-175 aircraft with 12 first-class seats and 64 seats in coach. The agreement was enabled by American’s new contract with its pilots and is subject to court approval. The planes will be operated by Republic Airlines, a subsidiary of Republic Airways Holdings and will start to enter service in mid-2013 at the rate of two to three per month.
Republic Airways is a long-time partner of American and the world’s largest operator of large Embraer jets. A subsidiary of Republic, Chautauqua Airlines, currently operates regional-jet service for American out of Chicago’s O’Hare International Airport with 15 Embraer E-140 aircraft.
Thanks to the agreement, American will offer “more flights at the right intervals throughout the day in key markets,” said Chuck Schubert, American’s vice president of network planning.