I agree with you that any Embrear 170s or 190s that AMR orders should be flown by AA
, if they are configured with two-class seating. Since Eagle has always been single-class service, a two-class configuration in the Eagle fleet would only confuse passengers.
A friend of mine is an AA
pilot. He has heard that there have been a lot of complaints by passengers who used to fly routes that had the F100s and now find themselves flying ERJs and CRJs, such as lack of upgrades, lack of FF
bonuses, etc.. In addition, the lack of 100 seat aircraft has made scheduling at ORD
problematic, because of the FAA limitations on operations by all carriers. For a route that was all or mostly F100s, flying more CRJs and/or ERJs isn't feasible, but cutting frequencies with MD
-80s could lose customers.
The only problem with putting the larger Embrears into the mainline fleet is the pilot contract. APA
's pilot union, wanted to fly the CRJs. However, under the contract, a CRJ captain would make less than a 777 F/O. Management believes that no captain should make less money than an F/O.
's position was that a 777 F/O was not likely to upgrade to captain on the CRJ. More likely, he would go no lower than MD
-80. On the other hand, an F/O flying MD
-80 or 737 would receive a pay increase, if he moved up to captain on the CRJ.
The pay scales are based on aircraft weight, so much would depend on the weight of the 170 and 190. If they are heavy enough that a junior captain would earn more than a 777 F/O, then management doesn't have deal with the issue. If the weight presents the same problem as the CRJs, then the APA
must devise a solution that is acceptable to management.