American Airlines is in the process of talking to regional carriers to operate its incoming Embraer E175s, following a rejection of a tentative agreement by the pilots at its regional subsidiary American Eagle Airlines.
"We are in the process of talking to providers now," says American Airlines chief executive Doug Parker. He adds that he does not know when a decision will be made.
"We are confident we can find another place to put those aircraft," says Parker, who spoke to reporters after a Oneworld event in Sao Paulo, where US Airways joined the alliance. US Airways is now part of American after a merger between the two carriers.
Parker says he is "disappointed" that American Eagle's pilots chose to reject the contract. "But it's their choice and we respect it," he adds. "The future for [American] Eagle is still strong. They are an important part of American and will continue to be so."
American has firm orders for 60 E175s and an additional 30 options scheduled for delivery from the first quarter of 2015, which it had hoped to place with American Eagle before the pilots rejected the contract.