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Hilton Head Airport holds ribbon cutting to celebrate first commercial jet service

American Airlines is bringing the first commercial jet service to the Hilton Head Island Airport. (Source: WTOC) American Airlines is bringing the first commercial jet service to the Hilton Head Island Airport. (Source: WTOC)
(Source: Hilton Head Island-Bluffton Chamber of Commerce) (Source: Hilton Head Island-Bluffton Chamber of Commerce)
HILTON HEAD ISLAND, SC (WTOC) -

Those flying in and out of Hilton Head Island will soon end up on a bigger plane.

American Airlines introduced the island to a new commercial jet service on Thursday morning.

American has served Charlotte Douglas International Airport (CLT) to Hilton Head Island Airport (HHH) for three decades, most recently on the Dash 8 aircraft.

Customers have come to prefer the larger regional jets like the Embraer-175. The E175 has 12 seats in first class and 64 in main cabin, for a total capacity of 76 seats. There are 150 E175s in the American Airlines fleet.

Airline officials say customers are excited about jet service for many reasons, including:
1) an in-cabin experience that is very close to what passenger’s experience on a mainline aircraft and
2) the high-tech nature of the aircraft. From nose to tail, it's full of cutting-edge technology that makes it a leader among regional aircraft in terms of performance, comfort and ease-of-operation.

The ribbon cutting ceremony took place Thursday morning at the Hilton Head Island Airport on Beach City Road.

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