We’re pleased to share that American Airlines Group will add 15 Embraer 170 (E170) aircraft and assign them to Envoy starting in November. These aircraft are in addition to the three new Embraer E175 deliveries previously announced.
The Company’s broader goal is to gradually replace all Embraer 145 (E145) aircraft and focus exclusively on our large regional jet (E170/E175) operation over time. We are planning to transfer 15 E145s to Piedmont. The E170 and E175 constitute a single fleet type from an operational perspective and this move will allow us to simplify everything from training, to supply chain, operations and more. This announcement will increase Envoy’s large regional jet fleet to 101 E175s and 27 E170s.
Envoy plays an important role in American’s regional operation, operating almost a third of all American Eagle-branded regional flights. We’re committed to evolving our company to help American succeed in its broader network goals.
August 19 was National Aviation Day, and this year, Envoy is going all out. To honor Envoy’s rich history and the founding airlines that came together to become American Eagle Airlines and later Envoy, we’re proud to introduce an American Eagle Heritage Livery for our latest Embraer 170 (E170) aircraft – N760MQ.
This is the second aircraft out of at least seven E170s to be assigned to Envoy in the coming months. The aircraft is currently with the Eagle Aviation Services Inc. (EASI) team in Abilene (ABI) for conformity checks and to prepare the aircraft for revenue service in the coming weeks.
A huge thank you to Envoy’s Technical Services, Maintenance and Flight teams, our colleagues at American and everyone who worked hard behind the scenes to make this heritage livery a reality.
“We’re just as excited about the heritage livery as anyone else,” said Envoy Senior Vice President of Air Operations, Dee Temples. “We like that people take an interest in Envoy and its history, and that they’re enthusiastic about aviation.”
Embraer and American Airlines Inc. signed a firm order for 15 E175 jets in a 76-seat configuration. The contract has a value of $705 million, based on current list prices, and will be included in Embraer’s 2018 fourth-quarter backlog. Deliveries will take place in 2020.
Combined with the airline’s previous orders for the E175, this new contract results in a total of 104 E175 jets for American Airlines since 2013. The most recent order took place in May 2018 for 15 aircraft.
American Airlines selected Envoy, a wholly owned subsidiary of American Airlines Group, to operate the 15 aircraft, which will be configured with a total of 76 seats, being 12 in First Class and 64 in Main Cabin, including Main Cabin Extra seats.
Including this new contract, Embraer has sold more than 435 E175s to airlines in North America since January 2013, earning more than 80% of all orders in this 76-seat jet segment.
Embraer is the world’s leading manufacturer of commercial jets up to 150 seats. The Company has 100 customers from all over the world operating the ERJ and E-Jet families of aircraft. For the E-Jets program alone, Embraer has logged more than 1,800 orders and 1,400 deliveries, redefining the traditional concept of regional aircraft.
Top Copyright Photo (all others by Envoy): American Eagle (2nd)-Envoy Embraer ERJ 170-200LR (ERJ 175) N223NN (msn 17000529) YYZ (TMK Photography). Image: 937819.
Embraer and American Airlines Inc. signed a firm order for ten E175 jets. American Airlines is exercising its purchase rights from its original contract with Embraer signed in 2013. This new order is in addition to the one placed in April for four aircraft; is valued at USD 457 million, based on current list prices, and will be included in Embraer’s fourth-quarter backlog. Deliveries begin in 2018 and continue through mid-2019.
Combined with the airline’s two previous orders for the E175, this new contract results in a total of 74 E175s for American Airlines.
American Airlines selected Envoy, a wholly owned subsidiary of American Airlines Group Inc., to operate the ten aircraft, which will be configured with 12 First Class, 20 Main Cabin Extra, and 44 Main Cabin seats, for a total of 76 seats.
Including this new contract, Embraer has sold more than 390 E175 jets to airlines in North America since January 2013, earning more than 80% of all orders in the 76-seat jet segment. Since entering revenue service, the E-Jets family has received more than 1,800 orders and over 1,300 aircraft have been delivered. Today, E-Jets are flying in the fleet of 70 customers in 50 countries. The versatile 70 to 150-seat family is flying with low-cost airlines as well as with regional and mainline carriers.
The three regional airline subsidiaries of American Airlines Group are all offering a $15,000 signing bonus for new pilots:
Envoy Air issued this statement:
Envoy Air Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of American Airlines Group (AAL), now offers new hire pilots a $15,000 bonus when they join the company.
Through its industry-leading flow-through agreement with American Airlines, Envoy offers pilots a guaranteed path to American Airlines without having to interview again – or compete with the thousands of pilots who apply to American every year. Envoy pilots currently make up half of every American Airlines new hire class – in fact, nearly two thirds of American new hires since 2010 started their career at Envoy.
Piedmont Airlines (2nd) issued this statement:
Piedmont Airlines, a wholly owned subsidiary of the American Airlines Group Inc. (AAL), will pay a $15,000 signing bonus to all new hire pilots, effective immediately. Piedmont employees will also collect $5,000 for every pilot they refer to the airlines.
Pilots who come to Piedmont enjoy a generous benefits package including excellent health care and 401(k) with company match. Piedmont provides hotel rooms for commuting pilots and industry-leading flight benefits on American Airlines.
Piedmont employees can earn some cash, too. Employees who refer a pilot to the company will collect $5,000 if their pilot is hired, passes training and stays with the company for six months. “It’s a great opportunity for all of our employees to participate in our recruiting efforts,” Hogg said. “Any employee can recommend a friend or family member pilot through our Human Resources department and get rewarded with a bonus for doing so. It now means we have 7,000 people recruiting for Piedmont Airlines, and that’s exciting.”
Piedmont plans to hire more than 200 pilots in 2016. Piedmont will hold pilot information sessions and on-site interviews at Philadelphia International Airport on June 17; in Newark, N.J. (Newark Airport Marriott) on June 23 and in New York City (JFK Courtyard Marriott) on June 24. Details are available online at Piedmont-airlines.com.
PSA Airlines (2nd) issued this statement:
PSA Airlines has announced an important enhancement to its pilot recruiting platform by rolling out a $15,000 sign-on bonus for all new-hire pilots. This valuable improvement enriches PSA’s existing top-notch employment opportunities which already offer the highest quality of life in the regional industry and the only true seniority-based pilot flow through program to American Airlines (AAL).
In addition to today’s expanded pilot bonus program, PSA will also be enhancing the value of its employee referral program for pilots by increasing the payout from $1,000 to $5,000 for eligible participants and aims to further reward current employees as ambassadors for the company to attract the best and brightest future aviators. Employee referrals are an important part of pilot recruitment and with this increase, PSA will be materially compensating its workforce for helping identify and onboard future pilot colleagues.
The long-term stability, unmatched career opportunities and quality of life at PSA is something few regional carriers can match. With a young and efficient fleet – including more than 50 brand-new large regional jets, a sustainable cost advantage versus competitors and the experience as a reliable provider of service, PSA is an airline that will remain a vitally important regional provider for American.
PSA is building on the success of its sustained pilot recruitment initiatives, including these two enhanced programs announced today. Earlier this year, the airline implemented an industry-leading Cadet Program which helps the most promising future pilots make a smooth transition from the classroom at top colleges, universities and flight schools to the cockpit and offers various levels of support as the Cadet’s certifications, training and experience evolves.
American Airlines (Dallas/Fort Worth) is adding American Eagle ERJ 145 service (operated by Envoy Air) on the Charlotte – Springfield, Missouri route on November 5. The new route will operate daily according to Airline Route.
Additionally the carrier is also adding three American Eagle routes from New York’s LaGuardia Airport. Akron/Canton and Memphis will be added on November 5 followed by Jacksonville on December 17 per Airline Route.
Copyright Photo: Brian McDonough/AirlinersGallery.com. Envoy Air’s Embraer ERJ 145LR (EMB-145LR) N609DP (msn 145069) arrives at Baltimore/Washington.
Association of Flight Attendants (AFA) has issued this statement about the recent flight attendant base closures of Envoy Air in Los Angeles, Miami, San Juan and now New York City. Envoy Air has been shrinking in size, both in the number of bases and employees. Here is the full statement by AFA:
Flight Attendant leaders from 18 airlines, representatives of the Association of Flight Attendants-CWA, AFL-CIO (AFA), unanimously adopted a resolution in support of Envoy Air Flight Attendants. Envoy is a wholly owned subsidiary of the American Airlines Group (AAG). The AFA Flight Attendant leaders from across the aviation industry called on American CEO Doug Parker and Envoy Air President Pedro Fabregas to work with AFA to mitigate the impact of several Flight Attendant base closures on the hard-working Envoy Flight Attendants.
“Closures in Los Angeles, Miami, San Juan, and now New York City have displaced hundreds of Flight Attendants, uprooted them from their families and friends, and without any consideration from the AAG management team,” said Envoy AFA MEC President Robert Barrow. “We’re calling on American CEO Doug Parker and Envoy President Pedro Fabregas to act in the best interest of the airline and its dedicated employees by providing reasonable opportunities for Flight Attendants at Envoy Air.”
AAG is making record setting profits, but yet refuses to honor their frontline employees’ contributions to the success of the Envoy operation. While Doug Parker announced a 4% wage increase for Flight Attendants and other employees working American’s mainline operation, the Flight Attendants serving the same passengers for American Eagle at Envoy have been asked for cuts from their contract.
“At our board meeting last week, we passed a resolution in solidarity with our sisters and brothers at Envoy Air,” said AFA International President Sara Nelson. “With our union’s backing, we’re calling for equal treatment, an option of a Voluntary Separation Package, and that management stop their heavy-handed actions towards employees and their hard-earned collective bargaining rights.”
As the world’s largest Flight Attendant union, AFA supports Flight Attendants, as well as Flight Attendants around the world, in their fight to secure fair and equitable working conditions.
“Mr. Fabregas says he’s working to minimize the impact on Flight Attendants following the base closures, but true leadership would result in making good on that statement in a way that is meaningful to Envoy Air’s first responders – its Flight Attendants,” said Barrow.
Envoy Air (American Eagle) (subsidiary of American Airlines Group) (Dallas/Fort Worth) will continue to grow. The pilots, represented by ALPA, have approved the tentative agreement hatched out between the company management and ALPA (MEC) representing the pilots. Envoy issued this statement today:
Pilots at Envoy Air Inc., an American Airlines Group wholly owned regional carrier, have voted to ratify a Tentative Agreement reached between the carrier and the Air Line Pilots Association (ALPA). This agreement was ratified by a vote among Envoy’s more than 2,400 pilots and allows Envoy to now offer all existing and future pilots a direct career progression to American Airlines, the world’s largest mainline carrier. In addition, it provides Envoy with a firm fleet commitment of 40 new fuel-efficient 76-seat Embraer ERJ 175 (E175) aircraft and the opportunity to operate up to 90 more E175s, if American exercises those options.
“We are very pleased our pilots voted to ratify the Tentative Agreement that offers them new, large and modern aircraft to fly and faster career advancement at both Envoy and American Airlines,” said Envoy’s president and CEO, Pedro Fabregas. “This agreement also lays the foundation for Envoy to become a stronger and more successful company for all of our more than 14,000 employees. My sincere thanks to Envoy ALPA and its Master Executive Council (MEC), as well as ALPA president Lee Moak, ALPA executive administrator Tim Canoll and MEC chairman Sam Pool for their hard work and dedication to reach this agreement.”
According to ALPA, Envoy Air pilots completed voting on the proposed changes to the Collective Bargaining Agreement. Of the 91.57% of eligible Envoy pilots who voted, 75% voted to accept these changes.
Copyright Photo: Rob Finlayson/AirlinersGallery.com. The Embraer ERJ 145 fleet is likely to continue to shrink as the larger and newer Embraer ERJ 175s join the Envoy fleet. ERJ 145LR (EMB-145LR) N659AE (msn 145762) arrives at the Miami hub.