The future of American Airlines Group-subsidiary Envoy is “bleak”, says Air Line Pilots Association (ALPA) American Eagle master executive committee chairman Bill Sprague.
The regional carrier will need 47% fewer pilots after American parks all of Envoy’s 59 Embraer ERJ-140s and moves its 47 Bombardier CRJ700s to another operator, he says in a letter to pilots on 1 May. The timeline for the fleet reductions has not been released, he says.
American plans to remove 25 ERJ-140s by the end of 2014, according to an 8 April fleet plan.
The reductions come after pilots at Envoy rejected a 10-year tentative agreement in March, which would have added at least 60 Embraer 175s to the airline’s fleet by 2016.
"We will operate our current fleet in accordance with our business plan, which, to be clear, includes us remaining an airline," said Pedro Fábregas, president and chief executive of Envoy, at the time.
Pilots at Envoy are ready for additional flying but only at higher wages, says Spague in the letter.
“The tools we need for success are new aircraft to replace the ones being parked,” he says. “We are prepared to fly those aircraft with the same unparalleled professionalism and safety that have made us a top tier airline.”
American Eagle Airlines was renamed Envoy on 15 April.