AMR had shopped Eagle for some time. I had a conversation with an Eagle F/O back in 2012, before the Chapter 11 filing. He said the problem was that AMR wanted to see Eagle, while holding onto all of the Embrears. So, if anyone bought Eagle, it would have had the CRJ700s, a lot of employees, and a lot of leased Embrears.
At anytime, AMR could have started parking the Embrears. So, Eagle would have had some CRJs and a lot of pilots, F/As, and mechanics with no planes.
Then, there was a proposal by the APA
to put all AMR pilots on one contract, with the APA
as the collective bargaining agent. APA
thought it made sense for every last AMR pilot to be represented by one union, and it was tired of management playing mainline and Eagle pilots off each other.
If every AMR pilot was on the same contract, with the same union representation, than the decision whether to fly an RJ
or a mainline jet on a route would be based on traffic demands and not the disparity in pay between what Eagle and mainline pilots.
Now, I know management wasn't enthusiastic about the proposal, since it would have increased pay at Ealge. But, I seem to recall that ALPA wasn't thrilled with the idea, and it wasn't just because ALPA would lose a large number of members. My guess is that it had something to do with seniority, and that a lot of AA
F/Os who were stuck in the right seat would have used their seniority to get left-hand seat flying on Embrears and CRJs.