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TWE Ie American Connection

Fri Mar 22, 2002 11:53 pm

Since American Eagle is mostly jet now, will that be the same with American Connection once the Transition to AA is completed, and why did they go with American Connection, insteaad of American Eagle which is the Commuter Service of American Airlines anyone free to answer this
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RE: TWE Ie American Connection

Sat Mar 23, 2002 12:56 am

American Eagle is a wholly-owned subsidiary of AMR. The commuter affiliates operating as American Connection are separate companies, and feed AA only at the St. Louis hub. My assumption is this is short term... down the road at some point, Eagle will replace TransStates, Chautauqua and Corporate at STL, but in the interests of a smooth transition, and to ensure there were no service interruptions to the numerous small cities and towns that TWE served, AA continued the contracts with the 3 commuter affiliates.
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RE: TWE Ie American Connection

Sat Mar 23, 2002 8:22 am

Just to let you know, American Eagle is NOT mostly jet. They were a relative late-comer to the RJ party.

Saab 340 102
ATR 42 30
Super ATR 43
Embraer 145 56
Embraer 140 11
Embraer 135 40
CRJ 700 3

Those are the most recent numbers I have, from January, add a few more on the RJ side, maybe subtract a few Saab's

According to these numbers, that gives Eagle 175 props and 110 jets. Out of approximately 285 aircraft, the props still have majority....it would appear that Eagle is mostly RJ, because that is what gets all the publicity. Only ORD is all RJ. Well, RDU & LGA are too, but those aren't true hubs for AA. DFW has a fair amount of RJ's, but there are still a ton of Saab's there. Go to BOS, MIA, SJU, & LAX. and you'll see that props still provide the backbone of Eagle's fleet. Its still several years down the road before Eagle goes all jet.

I don't have the numbers on American Connection, but thats different.
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RE: TWE Ie American Connection

Sat Mar 23, 2002 2:41 pm

"Why they go with American Connection, instead of American Eagle which is the Commuter Service of American Airlines anyone free to answer this "

This is a question that all American Eagle pilots are asking too!!! AMR is paying the TW Express/"American Connection" companies to feed pax to AA (which by contract only AE can do), while AMR furloughs it's own employees and parks airplanes.  Pissed Basically, they can save a buck, so they are screwing their own people cause it's cheaper to contract out the flying. Make no mistake, "Connection" is only "Eagle" in exterior colors only. They are a label to fool the public.

This issue went to arbitration two weeks ago and hopefully by the summer, there will be no more "alter ego" Eagle flying. This is just one of many things on the table. Another is the real source of financing for their jets, which AMR may have helped guarantee options according to the ALPA boards. If the union grievance comes out as expected, there will be no "American Connection" by years end. I can only hope so, cause I want my job back!
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RE: TWE Ie American Connection

Sat Mar 23, 2002 3:11 pm

I thought that the STL connection is risk-sharing, not paid-per-flight??

And also becuase of the mainline ASM capacity issue (scope-issue) TSA and Chautauqua have to run some of their flights under their own name, without the AA code.
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RE: TWE Ie American Connection

Sat Mar 23, 2002 3:16 pm

Isn't Chautauqua with US Air?

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RE: TWE Ie American Connection

Sun Mar 24, 2002 4:09 am

Chautauqua Airlines, is a wholy independent carrier from any of the majors. They are their own airline. They have a contract to be in alliance with USAirways, American (formerly TWA), and America West. They have an alliance where they provide regional flights out of these airline's hubs. They have their aircraft painted to match the carrier they are under agreement with.

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