PITTSBURGH INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT WELCOMES NEW AIRCRAFT AND FLIGHTS FROM AMERICAN AIRLINES
- American partners with Republic Airlines to operate larger, more comfortable regional aircraft
PITTSBURGH, Pa. (Aug. 2, 2013) – Pittsburgh International Airport is pleased to welcome the Embraer 175 aircraft from American Airlines. This aircraft embarked on its first departure from Pittsburgh to Chicago following a news conference and ceremonial water cannon salute on Friday, Aug. 2 at 7:35 a.m.
“Partnership is one of the keystones to our region’s success and that applies to airline service as well. Pittsburgh is proud to welcome American and Republic Airlines’ new regional aircraft and its flights to the Pittsburgh International Airport,” said Allegheny County Executive Rich Fitzgerald. “We continue to see successes here with improved access and choice to Chicago and Los Angeles, and look forward to continuing to work with American to add even more flights for our region’s business and leisure travelers moving forward.”
“We are thrilled that American Airlines has chosen Pittsburgh for one of the E-175’s initial destinations. We have enjoyed a rich working partnership with American, which has flown from PIT for the past 60 years, and with Republic Airways for the past eight years with its PIT maintenance facility and crew base,” stated David Minnotte, chairman, Allegheny County Airport Authority. “Pittsburgh International Airport has always pioneered many aviation firsts and we are pleased to be part of this important occasion!”
“For the first time in American Airlines history we are offering large regional jet flying as an option,” said Chuck Schubert, American’s Vice President – Network Planning. “In addition to strengthening our longstanding partnership with Republic Airways, this is a strong step forward in the diversification of our fleet and an important enhancement from one of our key hubs. It’s also great news for our customers, who will now have even more flight choices and opportunities to travel in the First Class cabin.”
“Preparing for this momentous event has involved hundreds of employees both at Republic and American,” said Republic Airways Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer Wayne Heller. “I want to thank the team at American and our people in Pittsburgh and throughout our network who have worked so hard developing the program for today’s launch. We all are very much looking forward to growing our longstanding relationship with American Airlines and to expanding our presence in Pittsburgh.”
American’s E-175s will be operated by Republic Airlines, a subsidiary of Republic Airways Holdings, and are the first large regional jets offered by American Airlines in the company’s history. The addition of this aircraft to the American Airlines network will provide customers with enhanced comfort and more choices when flying with American.
The E-175s, branded with the new American Eagle livery, will phase into operation at approximately two to three aircraft per month beginning in August. The company expects to have 47 E-175s in service by 2015.
American’s 76-seat E-175 is designed to enhance customer comfort by providing 12 First Class seats and 64 Main Cabin seats, including 20 with Main Cabin Extra, which offer customers more legroom and priority boarding. Additionally, the aircraft features larger overhead bins, so customers will be able to fit their standard 22” carry-on in the plane with ease.
According to Embraer, the flight versatility, operational efficiency and cabin design offered by the E-175 allow airlines to operate these aircraft in a variety of markets where 70- to 110-seat-configured regional jets offer natural growth from traditional regional airplanes, a right-sizing option from larger equipment, as well as a step forward for low cost carriers to enhance their presence in mid-size markets.
American Airlines offers flights to five destinations from Pittsburgh: Dallas Fort Worth (5/day), New York JFK (1/day), Miami (2/day), Chicago ORD (7/day), and Los Angeles (1/day beginning August 27).