Executive to end Miami operations in January

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AMR-owned Executive Airlines will shift its operations to American Eagle Airlines at Miami on 1 January 2013.

The regional carrier will close its pilot and flight attendant crew bases at the airport on 1 December as its ATR 72-200 fleet is returned early to lessors, says Dan Garton, chief executive of American Eagle, in a letter to employees today.

Embraer 140 aircraft from Los Angeles will replace the ATRs in Miami.

Executive employees in Miami and Key West will become American Eagle staff on 1 January 2013, however, flight attendants and pilots will have to bid for openings in the American Eagle system, says Garton.

The regional airline will continue to operate from San Juan, says the airline.

AMR decided early on in its bankruptcy to retire the ATR fleet. Only 13 ATR 72s are in service and one in storage at Executive currently, according to the Flightglobal Ascend database, compared to 36 at the end of 2011, according to a stock exchange filing.

Nordic Aviation Capital owns the 14 ATR 72s still at Executive, according to Ascend.

AMR filed for chapter 11 bankruptcy protection in November 2011.