Trans States Holdings subsidiary Compass Airlines has won the right to fly 20 new 76-seat Embraer E175s owned by American Airlines, the first of which the regional airline expects to add to its fleet in the first quarter of next year. Under the terms of a new code-share deal with American, Trans States will fly the airplanes as American Eagle from a hub yet to be announced.
“We are currently evaluating where the new E175s that will be operated by Compass will be deployed and will share that information at a later date,” said American Airlines in a written statement.
American announced last December it had signed a firm order with Embraer covering 60 E175s, 40 of which it has committed to place with Indianapolis-based Republic Airlines.
American also holds options on another 90 E-Jets.
The addition of the E175s at Compass will take that airline’s fleet to 62 Embraer E-Jets. It now flies 36 E175s and six E170s for its former owner, Delta Air Lines, from hubs in Minneapolis and Detroit.