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    American Eagle Airlines to Launch Nonstop Jet Service Between Lake Charles, LA., and Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport

    FORT WORTH, Texas, March 23 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ --American Eagle Airlines, the regional affiliate of American Airlines, will begin nonstop jet service between Louisiana's Lake Charles Regional Airport (LCH) and Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport (DFW), beginning June 11.

    American Eagle will operate the twice-daily service with 50-seat Embraer ERJ-145 jets and 44-seat Embraer ERJ-140 jets.

    "We are pleased to bring American Eagle service back to Lake Charles," said American Eagle President and CEO Peter Bowler. "With this new service, business customers from the entire Southwestern Louisiana area will now have the option to take a quick day trip to Dallas or to connect to a host of other cities throughout American's network, including Las Vegas, Denver and Chicago."

    "Southwest Louisiana serves as a critical transportation hub, and American Eagle's new flights will bring more choices and opportunity for economic growth," said Rep. Charles Boustany (D-La.). "It is an important recognition of the good work going on in Lake Charles."

    "I am elated that American Airlines has decided to bring Lake Charles Regional Airport and the entire Southwest Louisiana area into its network of service with twice daily regional jet service to a world class aviation hub like DFW, the largest hub in the American Airlines system," said Hal McMillin, President of the Calcasieu Parish Police Jury, governing authority of Calcasieu Parish, La. "While we in Calcasieu Parish have long recognized our significant economic potential, American's commitment to serving SWLA is a welcomed confirmation of that potential."

    "This decision by American Airlines to provide twice daily jet service directly to the Dallas market, which is Lake Charles Regional's number one outbound market, is critical to our region's continued economic development efforts," said Hiram DuRousseau II, President of the Airport Authority of Airport District No. 1, Calcasieu Parish. "Our congratulations and thanks to our Airport Authority members and their staff for the collaborative efforts they put forth with American Airlines to renew this long-sought partnership with one of the world's premier airlines."

    The schedule for the flights between Lake Charles and Dallas/Fort Worth is (all times local):

    Lake Charles, La., to Dallas/Fort Worth (LCH-DFW)
    Flight Departs Arrives Days
    3422* 7:20 a.m. 8:35 a.m. Daily
    3398 2:55 p.m. 4:10 p.m. Daily
    *Effective June 12

    Dallas/Fort Worth to Lake Charles, La. (DFW-LCH)
    Flight Departs Arrives Days
    3399 1:15 p.m. 2:30 p.m. Daily
    3426 6:00 p.m. 7:15 p.m. Daily

    American Eagle last served Lake Charles in November 2000.

    From DFW, American and American Eagle operate approximately 745 daily departures to nearly 160 nonstop destinations. American Airlines starts new service to Madrid beginning May 1. Madrid will be the 34th international destination served by American and American Eagle from its Dallas/Fort Worth hub, depending on the season. With its oneworld® Alliance partners, the new service will also provide convenient and seamless travel to 87 destinations served nonstop beyond Madrid into Europe, Africa and Asia.

    About American Eagle

    American Eagle operates over 1,500 daily flights to nearly 160 cities throughout the United States, Canada, the Bahamas, Mexico and the Caribbean on behalf of American Airlines. American, American Eagle and the AmericanConnection® airlines serve 250 cities in 40 countries with, on average, more than 3,400 daily flights. The combined network fleet numbers more than 900 aircraft. American's award-winning Web site, AA.com, provides users with easy access to check and book fares, plus personalized news, information and travel offers. American Airlines is a founding member of the oneworld® Alliance, which brings together some of the best and biggest names in the airline business, enabling them to offer their customers more services and benefits than any airline can provide on its own. Together, its members serve more than 700 destinations in over 140 countries and territories. American Airlines, Inc. and American Eagle Airlines, Inc. are subsidiaries of AMR Corporation. AmericanAirlines, American Eagle, AmericanConnection, AA.com We know why you fly and AAdvantage are registered trademarks of American Airlines, Inc. .

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