American Airlines could return some of its Embraer aircraft to the airframer as it restructures following its Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection filing on 29 November, indicated an Embraer official.
Speaking at the Credit Suisse aerospace conference today, Embraer's chief financial officer Paulo Penido Marques said it would likely take 60 days before the airframer knows how many aircraft might be returned.
"There may be a fraction of these airplanes that will come back, we don't know," he said.
The airline has 216 Embraer aircraft in its fleet, comprising 35-seat EMB-135s, 40-seat EMB-140s and 50-seat EMB-145s, with the manufacturer providing guarantees for the Brazilian-based financing associated with the airplanes.
Marques noted that two of every three passengers transfer from American Eagle, operator of the regional jets, to American Airlines. But American has already indicated the 35-seat aircraft are not as efficient in today's environment as the company wants it to be. American Eagle has 39 EMB-135s.