Pilots Reject Deal to Allow American Eagle to Add Larger Embraer Planes to Fleet

By Paul Riegler on 12 February 2014
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An American Eagle jet at LaGuardia

An American Eagle jet at LaGuardia

The leadership of the union that represents American Eagle pilots failed to ratify an agreement that had been negotiated in January with American Airlines Group.

The American Eagle Master Executive Council rejected the deal that would allow American to add 60 new Embraer 175 aircraft to its fleet but called for freezing the pay rate scale until 2018 as well as higher contributions for healthcare insurance.

The agreement “… was asking too much of a pilot group that has already given up previously agreed-to contractual work rules and benefits,” the union said in a statement, referencing concessions made during American Airlines’ bankruptcy in 2012.

The 10-year contract had called for the addition of the new Embraer planes starting in early 2015 and gave Eagle the option to add up to 90 addition Embraer 175 jets if desired.  It also was to open up additional advancement opportunities at American Airlines, a process known as “flowthrough.”

The union said it will “explore all options” over the next few weeks.   American is likely to place the new aircraft with other airlines unless the rift is resolved.

One day after the new contract was announced, American announced plans to change American Eagle’s name to Envoy later this year.

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