This topic has been discussed a few times before, but I wanted to share some information that has just recently been made available. AA Eagle now only operates Saabs out of its DFW and LAX hubs. Other than American Connection and Executive Airlines, these are the only turboprops in AMR's fleet.
In AA's latest timetable, Eagle appears to be adding jets into some DFW markets that were previously all-Saab. LRD, MAF, AMA, LBB and CRP went all-jet about a year ago or so, but the addition of ERJs to these smaller cities is more interesting:
DFW-ABI: 3-4 ERJs daily, up from 2 daily
DFW-SJT: 2 ERJs daily, up from 0 daily
DFW-TXK: 1 ERJ daily, up from 0 daily
DFW-SHV: only 2 of 9 daily flights are Saabs, the rest are ERJ
LAX-FAT: 1 ERJ daily, up from 0 daily
Therefore, the only remaining all-Saab markets for AA Eagle are:
LAX-SAN (24 daily Saab flights!)
This all seems rather strange to me. First of all, the California markets along with TYR, CLL, ACT and ILE are all much larger than ABI, SJT and TXK. Why, then, is Eagle adding jets to these smaller cities but not the larger ones? Is it merely testing the waters to see if the RJs can really be profitable in its smallest markets? What do you think the future of regional jets will be vis-a-vis turboprops at American Eagle?