American Airlines retires Dash 8 propeller plane

American Airlines subsidiary Piedmont Air has announced the retirement of the last Dash 8 propeller airplane, making American an all-jet airline, the company said.

Prior to September 11, Piedmont and Allegheny Airlines operated a combined fleet of 108 Dash 8 airplanes.

In preparation for the retirement of the Dash 8, the community worked with conservationists, the Chamber of Commerce and the town of Hilton Head to extend the runway to 5,000 feet, allowing American to continue service there with the now all-jet fleet.

American now serves Hilton Head Airport (HHH) three times daily, which means an increase in seats from 150 to 228 each way. The new aircraft provides an experience that aligns more closely with the airline´s mainline jets, with 12 seats in first class and 64 in the main cabin, for a total capacity of 76.