Transport Workers Union president James Little expressed “shock” last week at the depth of concessions AMR Corporation has asked from its employees as part of its plan to emerge from bankruptcy.
American Eagle Airlines
American Eagle last month confirmed plans to replace all of its ATR 72 turboprops operating from Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport with Embraer ERJ 135s, 140s and 145s. As a result, 14 markets throughout Arkansas, Louisiana, Missouri, Oklahoma and Texas gained all-jet service beginning January 31.
Members of the Transport Workers Union (TWU) picketed GOP presidential candidate Mitt Romney during the days leading up to the Florida primary election on January 31.
American Eagle in November earned the ignominious distinction of becoming the first airline fined by the DOT for violating the so-called tarmac delay rule, which took effect in April. The $900,000 fine resulted from several delays resulting from fog, low visibility and thunderstorms around Chicago O’Hare International Airport on May 29. All told, 608 passengers waited for longer than the statutory maximum of three hours on 15 inbound flights.
AMR Corporation’s bankruptcy filing in late November will at least delay the planned divestiture of its American Eagle subsidiary, as well as throw into disarray any agreements forged between leaders of the Air Line Pilots Association (ALPA) and airline management.
AMR Corporation and its two U.S. airline subsidiaries, American Airlines and American Eagle, filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy today after failing to agree to cost-cutting measures with its pilots.
Talks between the pilots of American Eagle and the management of AMR over the terms of a proposed divestiture of the regional airline reached an impasse over this weekend.
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 management and pilots of American Eagle are “aggressively” preparing for an eventual divestiture of the regional airline from AMR, Eagle’s Air Line Pilots Association master executive council vice chairman, Dave Ryter, told AIN in late March.
American Eagle’s first shipment of new airplanes in some five years began last month as the Dallas-based regional airline took delivery of two new CRJ700s from Bombardier. Scheduled to accept two airplanes each month for about the next year, Eagle as of last month already flew 25 of the Canadian jets, all of which offered a first-class section as of July 2.