Mobile Regional Airport announced in a news release that American Airlines has scheduled a major upgrade to its service there, with added capacity and business class seats to both hubs served from Mobile (MOB).

The Dallas (DFW) route currently has three daily departures flown with a 50-seat CRJ-200 aircraft. Starting March 6, all three flights will be served with a CRJ-900 aircraft, which has nine first-class seats and 76 seats in total.

The Charlotte (CLT) route has four daily departures currently flown with a 50-seat CRJ-200 aircraft. Starting April 4, two of the four departures will be flown with CRJ-700 aircraft, which has nine first-class seats and 65 seats in total.

“At the beginning of 2016 we started a strategy to foster competition, increase service and positively impact fares. American Airlines is investing in our community by adding an additional 80,000 available seats to this market annually, using larger aircraft and providing first class service for their customers,” said Roger Wehner, executive director of the Mobile Airport Authority. “We want to thank them for their confidence in our market. It’s our hope everyone will evaluate American Airlines’ service to Dallas and Charlotte as they plan their travel.”

Overall, this ramp-up represents an increase of more than 40,000 departing seats annually and more than 80,000 extra seats added to the Mobile market. Passengers traveling to the east coast or west coast can now book first-class tickets on American Airlines to both hubs served from Mobile.

“In 2016 a new course was plotted, and we embarked on a turnaround and the results have been significant and record setting,” Wehner said. “We want to thank our loyal customers and the tens of thousands of new customers that joined us. We believe, working with our current and future airline partners, that 2017 will produce more exciting news and improvements.”

When combined with regional partner American Eagle, American Airlines offers an average of about 6,700 flights daily to 350 destinations in 50 countries. For more information about the airline carrier, visit its website.

Exchange 202 is “Coolest in Alabama”
Mobile-based co-working space Exchange 202 was recently selected by the Women Digital Nomads travel website as “coolest co-working space in Alabama.” The Exchange 202 is listed in good company alongside several well-known work spaces such as WeWork in Chicago, NextSpace Union Square in San Francisco and The Farm SOHO in New York.

“In the heart of Mobile sits a building that instantly feels like you are in an urban center in a major metropolitan area. The Exchange, located at 202 Government St., houses a community of entrepreneurs, organizational leaders and cutting-edge professionals,” Women Digital Nomads co-founder Chrys Tan said in the article.

“Work is done for the good that it brings, but recognition of that work is pretty cool. On the list are some of the most amazing names in the business and companies that have been real role models for our work. None of this happens without amazing members, investors who believe and community partners,” said Exchange 202 chief catalyst and co-founder Todd Greer in a recent social media post.

To date there are a handful of co-working and incubator spaces that have successfully sprouted up or are in development over the past two years in the area, primarily focused around Mobile’s business district and adjacent to downtown’s burgeoning “tech corridor.”

According to sources, additional plans are in place for co-working growth to continue, targeting sites in Baldwin County and other significant centers of commerce in the metro area.

Fuse Project taps Jones for new position
Fuse Project recently announced that Stephen Jones has been named as its new executive assistant. For the past year, Jones has been involved with Fuse Project as an intern assisting with all Fuse Project events.

“We are thrilled to have Stephen, who already has a strong knowledge and passion of Fuse Project’s mission. His past experiences with our organization will serve him well in his new role as he works to engage the community through new and exciting events and philanthropic opportunities,” Adrienne Golden, executive director of Fuse Project, said.

Jones most recently worked as the marketing specialist for the University of South Alabama’s Student Center. In that role he was responsible for working with the student center’s administration to create and execute student engagement programs.

He is also is pursuing a bachelor’s degree in public relations, with a minor in political science, from USA. Active on campus, he is vice president of the Public Relations Student Society of America, South Alabama Chapter, as well as a Jaguar Productions committee member, a peer educator for domestic violence prevention and a counselor for Camp MASH.

Fuse Project is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization with the primary goal of supporting local projects that promote health, fitness, education and social responsibility to benefit children along Alabama’s Gulf Coast.

Milling and Cumbest create partnership
Milling Commercial Realty recently announced the formation of a partnership between Jeremy Milling and Brent Cumbest, who served as the owner and operator of Cumbest Properties for 22 years.

Prior to the merger, Cumbest provided commercial brokerage, management and consulting services for clients and developed more than 25 real estate projects along the central Gulf Coast.

“Over the years, Jeremy and I noticed that our separate firms shared common goals and it just made sense that we become partners,” Cumbest said.

“I have known Brent personally and professionally for many years and feel like our common desire to provide a client-centric approach was an excellent foundation for a partnership,” Milling said. “Our merger will provide a great benefit to our clients and I’m confident our company will grow and succeed.”

Founded in 2012, MCR is licensed in Alabama and Mississippi and is a full-service boutique commercial real estate firm serving the Gulf Coast The company specializes in office, industrial and downtown redevelopment projects. It has also launched a new interactive website with a database of commercial facilities and properties available for sale or lease.