16 February 2014. American Airlines Group will begin the search for a regional airline to operate Embraer 175s having 60 by following the rejection of an agreement in principle to operate the aircraft by the pilots union at its regional subsidiary Envoy.
The Air Line Pilots Association (ALPA ) American Eagle - soon to be renamed Envoy - master executive council rejected the 10-year agreement in a vote late on February 12 , according to a statement. The agreement included 90 E -175S , a fleet of 170 aircraft minimum operation and better flow through the main line options in exchange for a wage freeze until 2018 pilot regional airline.
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" Today's vote was about the future of our pilots ' pay and working conditions," says Captain William Sprague, chairman of the main executive board American Eagle , in a statement. " Our elected representatives agree that this new round of concessions was asking too much of a pilot group that has already resigned and agreed to the rules previously contractual employment benefits in order to ensure the solvency of American Eagle . "
He adds that the pilots union agreed to concessions Posted in Chapter 11 bankruptcy reorganization of American.
American out of bankruptcy and merged with U.S. Airways on December 9, 2013. Pedro Fabregas, President and CEO of Envoy , says he is " extremely disappointed " with the decision of ALPA , in a letter to employees today.
"American has now informed us that they have no choice but to start looking for another regional carrier or carriers to operate their E -175S , " he says. "America can not wait any longer and these efforts begin immediately. "
The airline based in Texas, Fort Worth, has a firm order for 60 E- 175s and options for 30 more , with deliveries scheduled to begin in the first quarter of 2015.
American fleet and begin to contract staff following the rejection Submitted by ALPA , says Fabregas . Initially, this will involve the removal of the smaller airline aircraft. The smallest aircraft fleet is 44 Envoy seats Embraer ERJ -140 . Opera 59 type , database Flightglobal Ascend Online sample.
American unveiled plans to eliminate at least 10 of these aircraft in 2014 , in an update to investors in January. The Long Haul may also find a new operator for 47 Bombardier CRJ700s Envoy of the fleet, says Fabregas.
"I have no reason to believe we will offer American new large regional jet after these unsuccessful negotiations ," he says. Business groundhandling Envoy will continue to grow even as its fleet shrinks, Fabregas added.
- American subsidiary PSA Airlines agreed to a lower wage scale change of at least 30 Bombardier CRJ900 aircraft in September 2013 . The plane was first featured in Envoy but union leaders rejected the offer , citing an unacceptable level B , too.
The decision of the principal American Eagle ALPA executive committee comes as there is growing concern in the U.S. about the allocation of staff in regional airlines pilot pay rates and these companies offer them.