As said above...American Eagle fights are aircraft operated by AMR Corp/American Airlines and their employees. American Connection flight are contracted out to other regional Carriers like Chautauqua, Trans States, Corporate Express...etc. The best way to tell which is which quickly.......the 'Eagle' logo on the tail of AE
flights are blue and red, and on AC
flights it's solid blue. One of the first 'Connection' carriers was Business Express back in 1997. AMR Corp takes the 2 carriers very seriously as when BEX applied the 'Connection' logo to the aircraft, it was printed in the wrong color blue and had a red and blue Eagle. We where order to quickly change this as we where NOT Eagle..!! Later, as the full merger got closer, BEX began to fly as FULL American Eagle, but still flew in our own colors. ( I think this was a first and only) At that time, we scrapped off all the 'Connection' logos and applied 'American Eagle' logos and the red and blue 'Eagle'.
As far as American Eagle being the largest regional carrier in the world...we may want to check out the numbers....... ExpressJet is quickly approaching if not already passed. They finished with 230 aircraft on Feb 29 2004.
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