Regional jets coming to Easterwood Airport
UPDATED: Friday, April 13, 2012 - 8:54am
COLLEGE STATION -- We all know flying can be a hassle sometimes, especially during the holiday season, but some immediate changes at Easterwood Airport in College Station will hopefully make traveling more reliable.
It's out with the old... in with the new and in this case that means replacing three American Eagle turbo-prop airplanes.
"They're swapping those out, which is kind of my Christmas present. They are bringing in three regional jets that will basically have the same number of passengers but be more reliable."
And reliability is key for Happ, director for the airport.
"With the ATR, because of its age and the maintenance costs, I think that's the reason American made this decision to go with the jets."
The regional jet is a much newer aircraft meaning it's quieter, runs smoother and can travel faster.
"People can count on that flight and certainly with the jet they can get to a higher altitude and weather isn't going to affect them as much," said Happ. "So we're really excited as you can tell that we'll have jet service here at Easterwood."
And the regional jets are already flying out this week.
American Eagle plans to have all the turbo-prop planes retired by the end of December.