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American Airlines going bigger at the TRI

Hank Hayes • Jan 11, 2018 at 3:30 PM

BLOUNTVILLE — American Airlines’ jet service will be getting bigger at Tri-Cities Airport.

American will replace the Bombardier Dash-8-300 turboprops with Bombardier CRJ-200 and CRJ-700 regional jets beginning in February.

The Dash-8-300 turboprop has seating for 48 passengers, the CRJ-200 regional jet has seating for 50 passengers, and the CRJ-700 regional jet has seating for 63 passengers.

The first flight operated with a regional jet, a CRJ-200, will be departing the airport at 11:29 a.m. on February 1. Current scheduling indicates all American flights from the airport will be regional jets by late spring, according to Kristi Haulsee, the airport’s director of marketing and air service development.

American Airlines provides service to its Charlotte hub.

“American has scheduled an average of 203 seats per day in each direction at (the airport) in January, 216 seats per day in each direction in February, 233 seats per day in each direction in March, and 301 seats per day each direction in April,” Haulsee noted. “The change from January to April is an increase of 48.3 percent more seats per day. (Airport) passengers have access to most anywhere in the world as American will operate an average of 643 flights per day from Charlotte to 151 destinations in the U.S, Canada, Caribbean, Latin America and Europe in April.”

For more about the airport, go to www.triflight.com.

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