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.