American Eagle to Offer First Class

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    The regional affiliate of American Airlines says it will set aside room on some of its planes for first-class seating beginning this summer.

    American Eagle said Thursday it will offer nine first-class seats on its CRJ-700 jets, which are much smaller than most planes operated by big sister American Airlines. The jets will have 63 or 65 coach seats after the redesign.

    Customers in first class will get complimentary meals on longer flights or what Eagle describes as a gourmet snack mix on shorter hops. The airline promises seats with ergonomically designed cushions and speedier baggage service.

    Eagle will offer the service from hubs in Chicago and Dallas-Fort Worth beginning in July.


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