Evansville Regional Airport announced today that American Airlines has scheduled a major upgrade to their Dallas service provided at EVV with added capacity and first class seats. Starting April 4, 2017, all of EVV’s Dallas weekday flights and one Saturday flight will be served with a CRJ-900 aircraft, which has nine first class seats and 76 total seats.
The Dallas Fort Worth (DFW) route is currently served with a 50 seat ERJ-145 aircraft. The larger jets represent an increase of more than 14,000 departing seats annually and approximately 30,000 extra seats to the Evansville market.
Leslie Fella, Evansville Regional Airport Director of Marketing and Air Service, said the aircraft upgrades were based on performance and potential. “We increased our frequency to Dallas from one daily round trip to two in November, and our market is handling the increase in seats very well,” said Fella. “The larger jets are a result of this customer demand, and as our performance continues on this positive trend, American Airlines will be more likely to keep the larger aircraft in our market and potentially add more.”
Fella said that the addition of the bigger planes to Dallas from American Airlines is a testament to the airlines confidence in the market, the community’s support for Evansville Regional Airport and the airport’s continued commitment to bring great air service options to the region.
“We are continually pleased with American Airlines’ support in our market – they have taken note of the fact that people in Evansville love the nonstop flights to DFW and have answered the region’s desire for more seats and a first class product,” said Fella. “With the additional seats and more amenities, we suspect that we’ll see even stronger performance in our market.”
Doug Joest, Evansville Regional Airport Executive Director, said the new CRJ-900s to Dallas will bring significant value to area leisure and business travelers. “The larger jets to Dallas will immediately benefit area businesses and leisure travelers with more opportunity to access the Dallas area, the west coast and international markets, while also providing the travel conveniences that our customers demand,” said Joest. He said with so many travel options available with just one stop, many Evansville Regional Airport passengers have found the nonstop service between Evansville and Dallas Fort Worth an ideal travel opportunity. As American Airlines’ largest domestic hub, DFW offers more than 800 daily flights to nearly 200 destinations in 29 countries.
American Airlines began service between Evansville and Dallas in June 2005. The airline also provides nonstop service to Charlotte and Chicago from Evansville. American Airlines’ flights from Evansville are available for ticketing at www.aa.com.