American Eagle's First Flight Lands in Aspen

(Fort Worth, TX) American Eagle Airlines, the regional affiliate of American Airlines, today began nonstop seasonal service to Aspen/Pitkin County Airport in Aspen/Snowmass, Colo., Eagle will serve Aspen from both Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport and Los Angeles International Airport. The airline will operate the daily trips with two-class CRJ-700 jet aircraft through April 8, 2012, and will then resume service June 14 through Aug. 20, 2012.


“We are pleased to introduce seasonal jet service to Aspen/Snowmass from two of our cornerstone hubs in Dallas/Fort Worth and Los Angeles,” said Gary Foss, Managing Director – Network Planning for American’s regional network. “Not only will it provide greater access to all the world-class ski resorts and recreation this beautiful and cosmopolitan area has to offer, but it will also provide Pitkin County residents with convenient connections to destinations throughout the American Airlines global network, as well as destinations served by our oneworld® partners, including Sydney, Melbourne and Tokyo.”


“The entire business community of Aspen/Snowmass is very excited about our new relationship with American Airlines,” said Bill Tomcich, President of central reservations agency Stay Aspen Snowmass. “Even before the first flight touched down at the Aspen/Pitkin County Airport, American has already proven to be an incredible community partner through their highly visible involvement with our local destination marketing organizations and even their support of local non-profits.”


“It is clear that American Airlines genuinely cares about this community,” said Chris Klug, Olympian snowboarder and organ transplant recipient, whose foundation is dedicated to promoting life-saving organ and tissue donations. “Their actions have already demonstrated they are the kind of airline many locals will be eager to support.”


American and American Eagle were proud to sponsor the Sixth Annual Summit for Life on Dec. 9 and 10, benefitting the Chris Klug Foundation and their work to raise awareness of organ and tissue donation.


“The addition of American Airlines with its direct fights to Los Angeles and Dallas/Fort Worth is a tremendous boost to the travel options available for locals, part-time residents, and our visitors,” said Airport Director Jim Elwood. “It gives us one stop access to and from our community to any place in the world.”


“It’s exciting to see the response we’ve had to our runway lengthening project, in terms of fostering healthy competition among carriers,” said Pitkin County Chairwoman Rachel Richards. “We are delighted to welcome American Airlines to the community and to Pitkin County Airport.”

Posted on Thursday, December 15, 2011