|Founded||December 2, 2001|
|Hubs||Chicago O'Hare International Airport|
|Frequent-flyer program||AAdvantage (American Airlines)|
|Airport lounge||Admirals Club|
|Parent company||AMR Corporation|
AmericanConnection is a flight connection service brand name for the spoke-hub of U.S. mainline carrier American Airlines, under which regional airline operator Chautauqua Airlines operates feeder flights for American Airlines at its Chicago hub. Mainline carriers often use regional airlines to operate services in order to increase frequency, serve routes that would not sustain larger aircraft, or for other competitive reasons. AMR Corporation also uses affiliated companies (corporations under common ownership) operating under the American Eagle brand to provide regional service to its other hubs in addition to the AmericanConnection service operated by Chautauqua Airlines.
On April 6, 2010, American moved all existing AmericanConnection operations to Chicago-O'Hare as part of its restructuring plan, eliminating service by AmericanConnection at Lambert-St. Louis.
AmericanConnection operates over 180 flights a day to 21 destinations. AmericanConnection is an affiiate member of the Oneworld airline alliance.
Most of the AmericanConnection carriers previously operated under a marketing agreement with TWA Trans World Airlines as TWE Trans World Express banner carriers and later as TWC Trans World Connection marketing during the merger acquistion transition between TWA and American.
Though not associated with TWA as many of former AmericanConnection airlines were, Business Express Airlines was yet another air carrier which flew under the AmericanConnection marketing banner. Prior to its acquisition by AMR Corporation and its integration into the American Eagle destinations route network, Business Express linked many smaller localities directly to American Airlines's expansive national and worldwide route network.
Discontinuation of the marketing brand
On September 12, 2012 AMR Corporation, announced it would be discontinuing the AmericanConnection marketing brand and revert to using the sole marketing brand of American Eagle for its feeder services to small cities it contracts regional airlines to perform.
- Bloomington/Normal – Central Illinois Regional Airport
- Chicago – O'Hare International Airport Hub
- Moline – Quad City International Airport
- Peoria – General Wayne A. Downing Peoria International Airport
- Evansville – Evansville Regional Airport
- Fort Wayne – Fort Wayne International Airport
- Indianapolis – Indianapolis International Airport
- Hebron – Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International Airport
- Louisville – Louisville International Airport
- Flint – Bishop International Airport
- Grand Rapids – Gerald R. Ford International Airport
- Kalamazoo – Kalamazoo/Battle Creek International Airport
- New York
- La Crosse – La Crosse Municipal Airport
- Madison – Dane County Regional Airport
- Milwaukee – General Mitchell International Airport
- Wausau – Central Wisconsin Airport
|Embraer ERJ-140||15||44||Chicago||Chautauqua Airlines|
Note: All single-class configuration. Cabin differs slightly from American Eagle: Adjustable seat headrests and galley configuration.
Accidents and incidents
- Corporate Airlines Flight 5966 crashed on October 19, 2004, near Kirksville, Missouri, killing 13 people, with two survivors.
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- Sky Talk: Eagle won't fly American feed out of LAX, closing pilot and flight attendant base. Blogs.star-telegram.com (2012-09-12). Retrieved on 2013-08-16.