American Eagle to grow New York with new two-class CRJ700s

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American Eagle Airlines next month will start accepting delivery of the first of 22 new two-class Bombardier CRJ700s.

The aircraft, which represent the first new deliveries for American Eagle in five years, play "a central role" in American Airlines' 'corner post' strategy, which sees the carrier concentrating resources in the critical markets of New York, Chicago, Dallas/Fort Worth, Los Angeles and Miami.

American Eagle will dedicate "virtually all new CRJ deliveries" to the New York market, says company CEO Peter Bowler, who recently announced his retirement. American Airlines and American Eagle concourses at LaGuardia will be renovated.

The new CRJ700s will come configured with two classes - nine seats in first class and 54 seats in coach class.

American Eagle is also reconfiguring its current 25-strong CRJ700 fleet with two-class service. Bowler says 18 CRJ700s have already been configured. The new premium cabin will be unveiled today in Chicago.

A 26-year veteran of American and American Eagle, Bowler says that he will "take a little time off and consider life" when he retires from the regional carrier. He will remain in his current role until a successor is named.