American Eagle launches O’hare service to Wilmington

By Michael Garko, In Airline News

American Airlines affiliate American Eagle has launched twice daily service from its hub at Chicago-O’hare to the coast city of Wilmington, NC.  The airline will use 44-seat Embraer jets on the new route.


“We’re delighted to serve the Wilmington area from our cornerstone hub in Chicago,” said Gary Foss, Vice President – Planning and Marketing for American’s regional network in a release. “Now, it will be easier and more convenient for visitors from around the world to enjoy Wilmington’s many historic sites – as well as the white sand beaches of the Cape Fear Coast.

“We North Carolinians know what a great destination Wilmington is,” said North Carolina Gov. Bev Perdue. “These nonstop flights from Chicago to Wilmington on American Eagle will make it easier for visitors to get here. Just as importantly, direct access to the American Airlines international network opens the door for economic development of all kinds.”

“We are very proud to have American Airlines as our new air carrier partner,” said Paul G. Burton, Chairman of the New Hanover County Airport Authority. “This will be a very successful business and leisure destination for our customers and conversely for the business and leisure travelers visiting our beautiful community.”