Posted on: 18 June 2014
Trans States Holdings subsidiary Compass Airlines is to operate 20 new 76-seat Embraer 175s owned by American Airlines and expects to receive the aircraft to begin scheduled service under the American Eagle brand and livery in the first quarter of 2015.
The agreement also gives American the option to place additional E175s it owns with Compass in the future.
“We're thrilled to begin our partnership with American with these 20 new state-of-the-art aircraft that will allow us to provide a top-tier experience to customers of American,” declared Compass Airlines president and CEO, Rick Leach. “The opportunity to grow our operation for American beyond the 20 initial E175s we have been awarded also points to a bright future for Compass and our employees.”
American Airlines announced in December 2013 that it had signed agreements with Embraer to purchase 60 new E175s, with options for up to 90 more.
The addition of these 20 American aircraft will increase the fleet size of Compass Airlines to 62 aircraft, all of which are either Embraer 175s or 170s.
“Compass Airlines has a proven history of providing safe, reliable, customer-friendly and cost-effective service on the E175 and this made Compass a great choice for our business and our customers,” remarked Kenji Hashimoto, senior vice-president of regional carriers for American Airlines. “This is the first time Compass will provide regional flight service for American. We are looking forward to Compass operating these new aircraft to provide an exceptional travel experience to American's customers connecting to our extensive global network.”
The new E175s will offer 12 First Class seats, 20 Main Cabin Extra seats offering additional legroom and 44 seats in the Main Cabin. The aircraft will also feature modern cabin elements including inflight WiFi, full-size overhead bins, more spacious lavatories, leather seats and adjustable headrests.