American Eagle officially changed its name to Envoy Air on Tuesday.
But the American Eagle name is not going away. Fort Worth-based American Airlines Group, which owns the regional carrier, is now using several carriers to fly regional flights under the Eagle brand.
“Our name change is driven by our need to differentiate ourselves from the other regional carriers flying as American Eagle,” Envoy president Pedro Fabregas told the carrier's 14,000 workers in a letter sent out Tuesday. “Within the next 14 days, a small ‘Operated by Envoy Air’ decal will be added to all of our aircraft that will remain painted in the American Eagle livery.”
Envoy recently announced that it is moving its headquarters to Irving, consolidating 600 workers who have been scattered at seven different buildings around the Metroplex.
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The long-term future of the carrier is uncertain after its pilots union turned down a proposed contract in March that would have given Envoy new, larger aircraft to fly in exchange for pay rate freezes until 2018. After the contract was rejected, American Airlines said it plans to retire some of Envoy’s smaller, less-fuel efficient aircraft.
American Eagle Airlines was created in 1998 as its parent company, AMR Corp., was consolidating regional carriers that it owned into one. American Airlines Group plans to use ten different regional airlines to fly under the American Eagle brand, including Envoy.