BAKERSFIELD, Calif. (KGET) — Meadows Field is welcoming bigger planes and added amenities to our local airport starting Thursday.

American Airlines is upsizing their morning and mid-day flights from a CRJ 900 to an Air Bus 319. The company says the larger aircraft will increase comfort, including first-class seating with added amenities like Wi-Fi and air conditioning.

Each flight between Bakersfield and Dallas-Fort Worth will provide an additional 50 seats for passengers, increasing Meadows Field’s departing seating by 3,000 per month.

Officials say this upgraded service will bolster local job opportunities at one of the largest companies in the world.

“Importantly, these larger aircrafts and upgraded services has provided an additional 40 new jobs for local kern county residents at one of the largest premier companies in the world, American Airlines,” Ryan Alsop, Kern County Chief Administrator, said.