American Airlines adds nonstop service from XNA to Philadelphia

The classic McDonnell Douglas MD-80 was officially retired by American Airlines this week, and will be replaced by a more fuel-efficient aircraft. (courtesy photo)

American Airlines now offers nonstop flights between Northwest Arkansas Regional Airport (XNA) and Philadelphia International Airport (PHL).

The new service began Wednesday, Sept. 4 on a 76-seat Embraer 175 jet.

Flights will depart from Northwest Arkansas at 3:55 p.m. CDT and arrive in Philadelphia at 7:40 p.m. EDT. Flights will depart from PHL at 3:50 p.m. EDT and arrive at XNA at 5:55 p.m. CDT.

“Our partners at American have continuously worked with our community to provide upgraded service, increased frequencies and new destinations for Northwest Arkansas,” said XNA COO Kelly Johnson in a statement earlier this year. “Through Philadelphia, travelers can connect to destinations throughout Europe and all over the world.”

XNA officials plan to have nonstop flights to 18 U.S. cities by the end of the year.

Frontier Airlines began nonstop service to Denver in June, and Allegiant recently announced nonstop service to Phoenix will begin in November.