Justplanes.com is reporting that American Eagle will take over the flying between STL and RDU on Sept 7th. Chautauqua Airlines currently flies this route for AA. The frequency will stay the same at five flights a day.
I have wondered for some time if we will see increased Eagle flying at STL. If I understand correctly Eagle has many RJs still on order while Trans States and Chautauqua don't have any new (yet to be received) RJs allotted to the AA operation. Please correct me if I am wrong.
The last count I remember was that Eagle had about 70 RJs not yet received and with ORD limited surly STL will get some.
LambertMan From United States of America, joined Aug 2003, 2040 posts, RR: 38 Reply 4, posted (8 years 10 months 3 weeks 1 day 1 hour ago) and read 1629 times:
This has nothing to do with American wanting to do more AE flying. American connection is made up of several different carriers and is based out of St Louis. It is probably due to the fact that AX is adding 4 RJ flights a day to places like ATL, DEN, MKE, and PHL. The AE planes are available and will be used so the extra freq to ATL, DEN, MKE and PHL can be operated.
BTW, RDU does well for AX, in the future it could very well be flown with mainline.
ERJ170 From United States of America, joined Apr 2004, 6626 posts, RR: 19 Reply 5, posted (8 years 10 months 3 weeks 1 day 1 hour ago) and read 1620 times:
Please note from Av8trxx:
The AE people DO MIND! Very much in fact. The only feed to AA is supposed to be Eagle, by contract. Not Corporate or any other "American Connection" carrier. The fact that AMR is using AmCx to feed AA is the basis for several grievances by the Eagle pilots because they are violating our contract. AMR is outsourcing flying contractually promised to AE. AMR is using the reverse codeshare to get away with it...for now. AE is hiring like crazy and getting 3 new EMJs a month. As soon as Eagle can get ahold of the flying, they will. Even if it comes to an arbitraitor forcing AMR give it to them.
The RDU base is a possibility. Management has said it is under consideration and has been for some time. The NE is not an area where AE will be growing much. Esp since they closed the JFK base and the NE bases (EWR & BOS) are not projected to pick up the extra jets for any increase in service as they are in ORD & DFW.
As RDU is a sort of "mini" hub for AE, the thinking is that all regional flights will be AE.
Av8trxx From United States of America, joined Nov 2001, 657 posts, RR: 7 Reply 6, posted (8 years 10 months 3 weeks 1 hour ago) and read 1511 times:
"I have wondered for some time if we will see increased Eagle flying at STL. If I understand correctly Eagle has many RJs still on order while Trans States and Chautauqua don't have any new (yet to be received) RJs allotted to the AA operation. Please correct me if I am wrong."
AE will increase flying in STL once the AmCx issue is resolved. Presently AMR has made agreements with Trans States, Chautauqua & Corporate Airlines to operate in certain cities as "American Connection" in violation of the labor agreement with the AE pilots. (As ERJ170 reposted above.) Each AmCx carrier has it's own headquarters, with Trans States being the only one in STL. Having formerly fed TWA there, AMR continued the agreement with them under the supposed basis that AE did not have the resources to operate the flights, when in fact the company parked numerous a/c and the airline furloughed crews. Now AMR is saying that AA is feeding AmCx, and not the other way around! (The major feeding the regional?! Please...) AE pilots have numerous greivances filed against the company for contracting out AE flying under that 'reverse codeshare'. Only after these matters are settled by federal arbitration will we see what happens in STL.
"But why the switch from Chautauqua to Eagle? Is Chautauqua repositioning planes somewhere else?" See above.
"The last count I remember was that Eagle had about 70 RJs not yet received and with ORD limited surly STL will get some. Any thoughts?"
Almost all the jet growth is going to ORD & DFW last I heard, with a few to the east coast. The AmCx issue is the limiting factor for STL growth.
"...AX is adding 4 RJ flights a day to ATL, DEN, MKE, and PHL. The AE planes are available and will be used so the extra freq to ATL, DEN, MKE and PHL can be operated."
Since Eagle will now operate the STL/RDU that was AmCx, that leaves AmCx a/c free to do the other routes for AMR. AE planes are not AmCx planes. The AE fleet is seperate. Although AMR did 'sell' some of our Embraers to Trans States for AmCx use to stay below an APA imposed ASM limit at AE. (They are still registered to AE even though they were 'sold'.)
What is the current number of Eagle flights in STL? It can't be that many, if any at all." The new STL/RDU flights will be it as far as I can see in AMR Jetnet.
ERJ170 From United States of America, joined Apr 2004, 6626 posts, RR: 19 Reply 7, posted (8 years 10 months 3 weeks ago) and read 1497 times:
Any clue as to what the AE new destinations from RDU will be this year? I have heard rumors there were to be a couple? And what is up with the CUN/LAX flights? Are we gonna get it or not? LAX is in RDU's top 20 destination and no N/S. Any inside info! And welcome to my Respected User's list!
LambertMan From United States of America, joined Aug 2003, 2040 posts, RR: 38 Reply 11, posted (8 years 10 months 2 weeks 6 days 21 hours ago) and read 1439 times:
There probably will be a couple new AE destinations announced, but 2 or 3 ERJ's a day won't really be anything to boast about. I'd pin your hopes on LAX, if AA once had the balls to almost try SJC, then it wouldn't shock me to see them dive into RDU-LAX.
The intra state hub would be AX, but I doubt it will happen. It was a far out there proposal in the first place. If you did get it some of your current flights may go mainline w/ the extra feed.
I'm sure that would excite mr. erj170
BTW, this is a bigger deal to St Louis than it is to RDU.
LambertMan From United States of America, joined Aug 2003, 2040 posts, RR: 38 Reply 16, posted (8 years 10 months 2 weeks 1 hour ago) and read 1283 times:
Did I mention your F9 comment? No, because its the only one that has a slight chance of ever becoming a reality.
And if you look at most of your posts, they all consists of I wish airline A or airline B would do this and that at RDU. Then when someone says your comments were incredibly off the wall, like MAH the other day and me today, you take it offensively.
ERJ170 From United States of America, joined Apr 2004, 6626 posts, RR: 19 Reply 17, posted (8 years 10 months 1 week 6 days 19 hours ago) and read 1238 times:
I respect what MAH4546 has to say.. I have found his comments not only credible, but also very well intentioned. Secondly, postings of what people would like at their home airport makes up about 65% of the comments on this forum. Thirdly, most people can do most of the discussion on what they know or what they hear. As what I mostly know is my own home airport, I like to stick to that topic. Lastly, The TRUTH is that no one knows what will happen until it happens or is verbally squashed by someone who can make that decision. And until that person is on this forum and announces themselves, I believe everyone has the right to say what they want.. no matter how far fetched it is..