Eagle Pilots Reach Spinoff Deal

 - August 28, 2011, 6:10 AM

American Eagle pilots reached an agreement with management in late July that guarantees an opportunity to work for American Airlines as AMR prepares to divest itself of its regional airline holdings. Under the settlement, Eagle pilots will occupy at least 35 percent of every American Airlines new-hire class, and that percentage will increase to offset any potential periods of retraction. The Air Line Pilots Association characterized AMR’s plans to spin off Eagle as an “opportunity for growth” and the so-called job protection and career progression deal the most significant of eight recent agreements reached between ALPA and Eagle.