Posted on: 15 March 2010 by Ross McSweeny
American Eagle Airlines is to begin nonstop jet service between Chicago O’Hare (ORD) and Tri-Cities Regional Airport (TRI), centrally located between Bristol, Kingsport and Johnson City, Tennessee, on 2 July.
Eagle will operate the twice-daily service with 44-seat Embraer ERJ 140s.
"American Airlines was the first carrier to operate at Tri-Cities Regional Airport, launching service on 1 September 1937, and we are delighted to bring the American brand back, with service to the Tri-Cities area from our hub in Chicago," said Gary Foss, vice-president–planning and marketing for the AA Regional Network.
Known as ‘America’s First Frontier,’ the Tri-Cities area boasts numerous historic sites and a rich heritage forged by America’s first settlers.
"The Airport Commission is pleased to be able to work with American Airlines on providing direct service to their Chicago O’Hare hub from Tri-Cities Regional Airport," said Ken Maness, chairman, Tri-Cities Airport Commission. "The connections available in Chicago will give travellers many new opportunities for national and international destinations."