American to seek other carriers to fly new jets, regional unit says

jueves 13 de febrero de 2014 17:36 GYT

* American Eagle pilot union leaders rejected concessionary labor pact

* Union says it will help members find other jobs

Feb 13 (Reuters) - American Airlines Group will start looking for other carriers to operate new regional jets from Embraer after labor leaders at its American Eagle Airlines subsidiary's pilots' union rejected a concessionary labor contract, the unit's president said in a note to staff on Thursday.

Pedro Fabregas, president of American Eagle Airlines, also said in the note that he has "no reason to believe American will offer us new, large regional jet flying after these unsuccessful negotiations."

Still, he said American Eagle had a strong ground handling business and was not planning to shut down.

American declined to comment beyond American Eagle's statement.

Leaders of the Air Line Pilots Association union at American Eagle voted on Wednesday to reject a tentative labor agreement, declining to send it to rank-and-file pilots for a ratification vote. The agreement included concessions in exchange for American placing the new, larger Embraer 175 jets it recently ordered in service at American Eagle Airlines.

In a statement, union leaders said the sought-for concessions were too much for pilots who had also agreed to givebacks when the former AMR Corp was in bankruptcy in 2012.

AMR and US Airways merged in December to form American Airlines Group, the world's largest carrier.   Continuación...