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What will happen to American Eagle Airlines?

American Eagle Airlines (2nd) (Dallas/Fort Worth) is a subsidiary of the new American Airlines Group (Dallas/Fort Worth). In a lot of ways the regional jet carrier is now the step-child of the Group and fighting for its future. The current American Eagle (not the brand that several carriers are now flying under) was created on May 15, 1998 as a consolidation of four AMR-owned regional carriers, namely Simmons Airlines, Executive Airlines (3rd), Flagship Airlines and Wings West Airlines. The pilots of the carriers signed a single contract in August 1998 creating the large feeder airline for parent American Airlines. American Eagle used the AOC of Simmons Airlines. The MQ code of Simmons has been retained.

American Eagle has had an important role in the history of American Airlines. Today it is fighting for new contracts and its life.

The Air Line Pilots Association (ALPA) represents the present-day pilots of American Eagle Airlines. The new management team of the American Airlines Group are demanding a new (lower benefits) contract with the pilots to bring their contract in line with the new American Group regional model, i.e. PSA Airlines, which will be flying a new batch of regional aircraft for American as a new American Eagle carrier.

The pilots of American Eagle Airlines are now facing a difficult decision, accept the new contract which cuts benefits or gradually see its fleet dissolve and be transferred to the other lower cost American Eagle units like PSA Airlines (Dayton).

Will the original American Eagle follow the same path of Delta Air Lines’ Comair and go out of business?

Terry Maxon of the Dallas News explores this interesting and important question in his excellent column. The column includes union messages on the subject.

Read the full story: CLICK HERE

American Eagle Airlines will soon announce a new name to distinguish itself from the other carriers operating under the American Eagle brand.

Copyright Photo: Tony Storck/AirlinersGallery.com. American Eagle Airlines’ (2nd) Embraer ERJ 145LR (EMB-145LR) N928AE (msn 14500911) lands at Baltimore/Washington.

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American Airlines and American Eagle cancel nearly 500 flights today at DFW

American Airlines (Dallas/Fort Worth) issued this short statement concerning its largest hub at Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport (DFW) due to a winter ice storm:

Because of the anticipated winter weather American Airlines and American Eagle have proactively canceled nearly 500 flights in and out of the DFW Airport through 11 a.m. central time Friday, December 6.

Top Copyright Photo: Michael B. Ing/AirlinersGallery.com. American Airlines’ Boeing 777-223 ER N790AN (msn 30251) arrives at Los Angeles International Airport.

American Airlines: AG Slide Show

American Eagle: AG Slide Show

Bottom Copyright Photo: Brian McDonough/AirlinersGallery.com. American Eagle Airlines’ (2nd) Embraer ERJ 145LR (EMB-145LR) N928AE (msn 14500911)  lands at Baltimore/Washington.

American Eagle considers a new name and tells its employees to be patient

American Eagle Airlines (2nd) (subsidiary of AMR Corporation) (formerly Simmons Airlines) (Dallas/Fort Worth), the original Eagle, is considering a new name since so many more carriers will soon be flying under the American Eagle brand. The company realizes it needs to differentiate itself from the other Eagle carriers. Names, according to this article by the Dallas News, are being vetted and considered. This article, quoting an internal memo to employees, also answers the most pressing questions at Eagle by its employees.

Meanwhile Republic Airlines (Indianapolis) will start flying as an American Eagle contract carrier on August 1 with Embraer ERJ 175s according to Airline Route. The first routes will link Chicago (O’Hare) and Albuquerque, New Orleans and Pittsburgh. On August 27 the Republic service will expand to Kansas City, Minneapolis/St. Paul, Toronto (Pearson) and Washington (Reagan National). Finally on October 1 the contract will be expanded to Houston (Bush Intercontinental), Newark, Philadelphia, Salt Lake City and San Antonio.

Read the full article: CLICK HERE

Copyright Photo: Brian Peters. One of the first aircraft to be repainted, Embraer ERJ 145LR (EMB-145LR) N928AE (msn 14500911) prepares to taxi from the gate at the Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport (DFW) hub.

American Eagle: AG Slide Show

American Eagle to start two new routes from Dallas/Fort Worth to Mexico

American Eagle Airlines (2nd) (Dallas/Fort Worth) will launch two new routes to Mexico from the DFW hub on June 12. The two new destinations will be Hermosillo (daily service) and Zacatecas (three days per week) according to Airline Route.

Copyright Photo: Brian Peters. Embraer ERJ 145LR (EMB-145LR) N928AE (msn 14500911) prepares to taxi from the gate at the DFW hub painted in the new look.

American Eagle: AG Slide Show

ExpressJet to operate the Denver-Dickinson, North Dakota route for United

United Airlines (Chicago) has announced plans to launch twice-daily nonstop service from its Denver hub to Dickinson, North Dakota, beginning on June 6, 2013. ExpressJet Airlines (United Express) (Atlanta) will operate the United Express service using 50-seat regional jet aircraft.

“These new flights underscore United’s ongoing commitment to the Denver hub and complement our existing service to other energy markets in North Dakota,” said Randle Loveland, United’s director of regional sales in Denver. “North Dakota travelers will not only have access to Denver, but also convenient connections from the hub to other destinations, including the U.S. West Coast and Gulf Coast, Canada, Latin America and the Caribbean.

The flight schedules are as follows:

Denver – Dickinson Dickinson – Denver
Departs Arrives Departs Arrives
10:00 a.m. 11:32 a.m.   7:30 a.m. 9:00 a.m.
  8:15 p.m.   9:47 p.m. 11:57 a.m. 1:37 p.m.

Copyright Photo: Keith Burton. Embraer ERJ 145LR (EMB-145LR) N12921 (msn 145354) of ExpressJet Airlines approaches Toronto (Pearson) for landing.

United Airlines: AG Slide Show

United Express-ExpressJet Airlines: AG Slide Show

Route Map for the United Express operation:

Please click on the map for the full-size view.

Please click on the map for the full-size view.

Dniproavia halts all operations and shuts down on January 8

Dniproavia National Aircompany (Dnipropetrovsk), which is a part of the Ukrainian Aviation Group, which it shares with AeroSvit (Kiev) and Donbassaero (Donetsk), ceased all operations and sales on January 8, 2013. The struggling airline posted a notice on its website of its closure.

Read more from the Kyiv Post: CLICK HERE

Copyright Photo: Stefan Sjogren. Embraer ERJ 145LR (EMB-145LR) UR-DPB (msn 145250) approaches Stockholm (Arlanda) for landing.

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Republic Airways Holdings issues a statement concerning subsidiary Chautauqua Airlines

Republic Airways Holdings (Indianapolis) today issued the following statement concerning its subsidiary Chautauqua Airlines (Indianapolis):

Republic Airways Holdings Inc. today (October 31) announced it has reached agreements with several key stakeholders which, combined with other initiatives taken, including placing idled aircraft back into revenue service, will mitigate future negative cash flows at its Chautauqua Airlines subsidiary on average by approximately $45 million annually over the next five years.

“This is an important milestone in our Chautauqua restructuring effort,” said Bryan Bedford, chairman, president and CEO of Republic Airways. “These agreements take us about three-quarters of the way to our stated need of $60 million in average annual cash flow improvements at Chautauqua in order to stabilize and secure its future. We still have approximately two-thirds of our small jet fleet of 70 aircraft operating under capacity purchase agreements (CPAs) with less than two years remaining, so we are focused on ensuring both our labor productivity and long-term maintenance costs of these aircraft remain competitive.”

The Company also announced it has amended its CPA between Chautauqua Airlines and Delta Air Lines to provide for the operation of an additional seven Embraer ERJ 145 aircraft for a period of one year for each aircraft. All seven aircraft are expected to be placed into service with Delta before the end of 2012. Prior to the amendment, Chautauqua operated a total of twenty-four Embraer ERJ 145 aircraft under a CPA which continues through May 2016.

“The deployment of these seven aircraft, combined with our other recent CPA activity, means we will have placed all remaining idle 50-seat regional jet aircraft back into revenue service by the end of 2012. Ensuring our 50-seat aircraft remain active under agreements with our major airline partners is an important component of our Chautauqua restructuring effort,” said Bedford.

Meanwhile the Teamsters Local 357 issued this statement:

Pilots who fly for one of the nation’s largest regional airline companies say it’s not a lack of qualified pilots, but rather a lack of pay and respect that’s grounding airplanes and could cause a ripple effect in the nation’s air transportation system.

This week, Republic Airways Holdings announced that it would operate 27 fewer airplanes and expects to hire almost half the number of pilots  anticipated in 2014 due a lack of candidates who meet new FAA rules mandating 1,500 hours of  experience.  However, the issues are more complex according to International Brotherhood of Teamsters Local No. 357 which represents the 3000+ pilots who fly for the Indianapolis-based airline.

“Regional carriers as a whole need to offer better pay and work rules to attract new pilots,”  said Local 357 President Craig Moffatt.  “The lack of a competitive contract here at Republic contributes to poor quality of life with sub-standard pay to boot. This, in turn, leads qualified pilots to look elsewhere.”

The current collective bargaining agreement (CBA) or contract was ratified in 2003 and became amendable in October of 2007. Pilots are covered by the Railway Labor Act, so the contract does not expire. Negotiations began in April 2007 and entered mediation in 2011.  Local 357 pilots have been without a contractual raise or an adjustment of work rules to reflect industry and economic changes for over six years—and counting.

Regional carriers are a key link in the nation’s air-transportation system. Approximately half of the nation’s domestic flights are outsourced to regional airlines rather than flown by a larger carrier.  Republic Airways Holdings owns and operates Chautauqua Airlines, Republic Airlines and Shuttle America Airlines which in turn fly for American, United, Delta and US Airways.

Copyright Photo: Brian McDonough/AirlinersGallery.com. Embraer ERJ 145LR (EMB-145LR) N272SK (msn 145306) arrives at Baltimore/Washington.

Delta Connection/Chautauqua Airlines: