New Pilot Contract Allows American Eagle to Add Larger Embraer Planes to Fleet
American Eagle, American Airlines’ regional carrier, announced on Friday that it had reached an agreement with its pilots union that allows it to add 60 new Embraer 175 aircraft to its fleet.
The agreement calls for the addition of the new Embraer planes starting in early 2015 and gives Eagle the option to add up to 90 addition Embraer 175 jets if desired.
The 10-year contract gives Eagle pilots better opportunities to advance within American Airlines, a process known as “flowthrough,” but it also freezes the pay rate scale until 2018 and requires higher contributions for healthcare insurance.
American Eagle ordered up to 220 planes from Bombardier and Embraer in December. The E175 planes will have 12 first-class seats, 20 Main Cabin Extra premium-economy seats, and 44 seats in economy. The new planes are slated to replace less efficient, 50-seat regional jets.
A memo issued by Eagle to employees says that the news indicates “a very bright future” for the carrier and its pilots. The airline’s pilots must still ratify the deal and the vote is to take place at a future date.
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