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American Airlines Group to move 50 Envoy Air Embraer ERJ 145s to other American Eagle carriers

American Airlines Group (Dallas/Fort Worth) has informed subsidiary Envoy Air (formerly American Eagle Airlines) (Dallas/Fort Worth) that will it transfer 50 Embraer ERJ 145s to Piedmont Airlines (2nd) (Salisbury, MD) and Trans States Airlines (30 aircraft) (St. Louis) starting March 2015. One other carrier that has not been specified will also receive Envoy aircraft. The number of pilots at Envoy has been declining. The pilots of Envoy did not accept the last contract offer from the AAG.

Yesterday Sam Pool, Envoy MEC Chairman, sent the following message to the pilots of Envoy:

November 21, 2014

My Fellow Envoy Pilots –

Today management announced the long-anticipated news that AAG is moving aircraft from Envoy to other carriers. Starting in March 2015, 30 of our Embraer 145 series aircraft will transfer to Trans State Airlines and another express carrier at the rate of 2 aircraft per carrier per month. In 2016, another tranche of aircraft will transfer to Piedmont.

While we are clearly disappointed at the thought of losing four aircraft per month, and the 10 pilot jobs each aircraft represents, the harsh fact is that Envoy is currently losing pilots at an even faster rate as our colleagues seek more rewarding careers elsewhere.

We are beyond disappointed that the sacrifice of economic and operational flexibility that this workgroup provided to our parent corporation during the darkest hours of bankruptcy are now considered insufficient and we again find ourselves facing the demands of concessions in exchange for a viable future.

That said, our disappointment should not cloud the reality that we face today. Our reality is that other pilot groups in our segment of the industry have demonstrated their willingness to accept concessions in exchange for new and larger aircraft, and have subsequently agreed to reduce the pilot costs. If we wish to compete in this market, we simply have no choice but to recognize that reality and decide a course of action.

While it is true that AAG is honoring our bankruptcy contract, the unpleasant fact is that they believe that they can obtain lower cost regional flying from other carriers, and have demonstrated that they will award new aircraft and new flying to those other carriers, leaving our contract and our pilots in an awkward status quo.

AAG’s senior management has made it clear that they desire the new aircraft be flown by the pilots of Envoy. And they have also made it clear that they believe we should cost less. For these reasons, they have remained quietly engaged with your MEC in an attempt to effectuate a mutually acceptable agreement that gently nudges our forward looking economics closer to the perceived market in exchange for the enhanced career security sought by our workgroup.

The entire MEC remains committed to working with the company to find an agreement that satisfies the needs of both parties, and which we can endorse as the best path forward. We believe that such an agreement is within reach.

Thank you for your professionalism and patience, and as always don’t hesitate to contact your representatives.

Copyright Photo: Brian McDonough/Airlinersgallery.com. Embraer ERJ 145LR (EMB-145LR) N928AE (msn 14500911) operated by Envoy Air arrives in Baltimore/Washington.

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Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport today opens 10 new gates for American Eagle in Terminal B

Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport (DFW) today unveiled a total of ten new gates and a new concourse extension at Terminal B. The new gates, B30-B39 (see map below), will be used to serve American Eagle regional jet flights. The concourse and new gates are part of DFW’s ongoing Terminal Renewal and Improvement Program (TRIP), a multi-year, $2.3 billion capital improvement program to redefine the Airport’s four original terminals which first opened in 1974.

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“These new gates give DFW Airport additional capacity for hosting flights in Terminal B, and a beautiful new space for customers to enjoy as they await their flights,” said Sean Donohue, CEO of DFW Airport. “We’ve also added some very nice customer touches in the new concourse, including a comfort zone seating area, charging stations, and of course, our fast and free WiFi.”

The new concourse at Terminal B offers an additional 20,000 square feet of gate space for customers. The entrance to the new concourse is adjacent to a Skylink people mover station for fast and efficient connections to any gate at DFW. The new concourse construction replaced one gate at Terminal B, for an overall net gain of nine gates to DFW.

With the addition of the ten gates in the new concourse at Terminal B, DFW now has a total of 164 gates across its five terminals. It is the first new terminal concourse to open at DFW since the grand opening of Terminal D in July of 2005.

TRIP is redefining DFW Airport for the next generation of air travel customers, with all new glass, floors and finishes, along with updated technology and renewed infrastructure. Under TRIP, renovation work continues in other parts of Terminal B, as well as in Terminals A and E.

Copyright Photo: Brian Peters/AirlinersGallery.com. Envoy Air’s Embraer ERJ 145LR (EMB-145LR) N928AE (msn 14500911) leaves the terminal at Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport (DFW).

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Terminal B Map:

DFW Terminal B American Eagle

 

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.

American Eagle: AG Slide Show

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