American Eagle Airlines (2nd) (subsidiary of American Airlines Group) (Dallas/Fort Worth) and its pilots, represented by the Air Line Pilots Association (ALPA), have reached an agreement in principle on a new contract. According to an ALPA letter sent to its members, the union gave up contractual concessions in return for a guarantee that it will operate 60 new Embraer 175 aircraft with options for 90 additional aircraft. The pilots will also have increased flow through opportunities to American Airlines (currently restricted at 30 per month). In exchange, the Eagle pay rates will be frozen until 2018. Starting on January 1, 2018 pilots will receive a 1 percent annual increase unless the pilot has declined the flow through to American.
In other news, with this announcement, the company is also expected to unveil a new company name very shortly as other carriers are now flying under the American Eagle brand.
Copyright Photo: Michael B. Ing/AirlinersGallery.com. American Eagle currently operates 47 Bombardier CRJ700 (CL-600-2C10) aircraft for American (+ Embraer ERJ 140s and ERJ 145s which will be retired by 2017). Bombardier CRJ700 N535EA (msn 10313) climbs away from the runway at Los Angeles International Airport.