On August 1st 2013, American Airlines introduced a new addition to its American Eagle network: Embraer E-175. Jetting Around was at Chicago’s O’Hare Airport to take a look at this luxurious regional jet.
As part of an effort to upgrade its regional fleet, American Airlines is adding Brazilian-made Embraer E-175 planes to select American Eagle (AE) routes. By early 2015, the airline plans to operate 47 new aircraft.
What to expect onboard
The 76-seat plane is the largest of AE’s regional jets, which typically have 50 seats. There are 12 in First Class, 20 in Main Cabin Extra, and 44 in the main cabin. It is the first in the American Eagle network to offer Main Cabin Extra, which comes with additional leg room.
Both cabins include leather seating with adjustable headrests, full-size overhead bins to accommodate roller suitcases, and spacious lavatories. In-flight Wi-Fi service will be added at a later date.
In terms of meals, First Class customers are offered a choice of items on flights longer than two hours. In the main cabin, complimentary drinks and snacks for purchase are available.
Initially the Embraer E-175s will fly between Chicago O’Hare Airport (ORD) and the following cities: New Orleans (MSY), Albuquerque (ABQ), and Pittsburgh (PIT).
Later in 2013 more routes will be added to/from Chicago, including but not limited to Toronto (YYZ), Washington DC (DCA), Houston (IAH), and Newark (EWR).
Given the name of this blog and my fondness for flying (see The story behind Jetting Around), touring the plane was a treat. I was able to walk around both cabins, test the overhead bins, and buckle up in the seats. After that it was fun time in the cockpit and on the tarmac.
Here are my impressions from the showcase:
- The moment I walked in, the E-175 felt roomier than other regional jets I’d flown. It was easier to move about the cabin and I was excited to see more space for carry-ons. No more checking bags at the gate.
- Seats were comfortable throughout the plane. As a tall person, I paid special attention to how much legroom there was. I didn’t feel cramped in the main cabin, and Main Cabin Extra seemed quite spacious.
- Overall the plane’s appearance was sleek, modern, and elegant, both inside and out. American’s new tail design added to the fresh look.
When I left the airport, I was already looking forward to being back on board. There’s some ‘jetting around’ to be done in the future.
Photos in the Overview section courtesy of American Airlines. All other images by Jetting Around.