On the strength of a growing
North Texas economy and the continued success of its Dallas/Fort Worth
hub, American Airlines today announced that it and its regional affiliate,
American Eagle, will add a total of 70 departures at Dallas/Fort Worth
Airport by the summer of 2005. American said 35 of the new flights will be operated with mainline
American Airlines jets. American Eagle regional jets will be used for the
remainder of the DFW schedule expansion. Overall, the new flights will
increase the American and American Eagle presence at DFW by almost 10
percent, one of the largest expansions by the carriers at DFW in many
years. The increase also will bring American’s total jet departures at DFW
to 540, the largest in American’s history at the airport.
“This is our home and Dallas/Fort Worth Airport is a key to the long-term
success of our company in an extremely difficult industry environment,”
said Gerard J. Arpey, American’s Chairman and CEO. “We have taken a number
of steps to strengthen our DFW hub over the past few years, and this
expansion is another important initiative as we continue to transform our
company. The new services will further expand our network at DFW and
increase the availability of our competitive fares.”
Under the DFW expansion, American will increase the frequency of its
service to a number of major cities, and in some cases substitute larger
mainline jet aircraft for American Eagle regional jet flights.
At the same time, American Eagle recently launched service to Torreon,
Mexico, and will begin new service to Pensacola, Fla., beginning Oct. 1.
American Eagle has also applied to the Department of Transportation to
serve San Luis Potosi, Mexico, and plans further expansion in Mexico in
the months to come. In addition, the carrier will add more flights from
DFW to such destinations as Amarillo, Lubbock and Fort Smith, Ark., among
Detailed schedule plans are still being made final by American and
Today, American and American Eagle operate more than 700 flights a day at
DFW to more than 140 cities. These include a total of 29 international
AMR Corporation , the parent company of both American and American Eagle,
has about 25,000 employees in DFW Airport and pumps more than $9 billion a
year into the local economy.