American Airlines has ordered 60 E175s that it will operate as American Eagle flights. The transaction includes options for 90 more E175s bringing the total order to 150 aircraft. The first E175 from this contract is planned to be delivered in the first quarter of 2015. These airplanes are in addition to the E175s that Republic Airways is flying for American Eagle under a 12-year capacity purchase agreement. To date, 15 American Eagle E175s are flying to such cities as Chicago, Albuquerque, New Orleans and Pittsburgh.
The E175s are configured with 76 seats in three seating zones. There are 12 seats in a dedicated first class cabin, 20 in Main Cabin Extra, American’s premium economy section with 34-inch pitch, and 44 seats in the main cabin with 30-inch pitch. All of American Eagle’s E175s are equipped with Wi-Fi so that passengers can stay connected throughout the flight. The E175 is the first American Eagle jet to have full-sized overhead bins that can accommodate standard-sized carry-on bags.
Three-zone seating has been featured on E-Jets ever since United Express configured its first E170s with First Class, Economy Plus and Economy class to provide product consistency with larger mainline aircraft in its fleet. Delta Connection also operates three-cabin seating on its E175s.
American Eagle and Embraer share a long history. The airline has 177 Embraer jets, notably the E135 and E145, making its Embraer fleet one of the largest in the world. In the USA, Delta Connection flies 41 ERJs and 72 E-Jets, and 38 ERJs and 38 E-Jets are flying for United Express.