Envoy Air will get to fly its smallest aircraft a little longer.
The regional carrier, owned by American Airlines, will be flying the 44-seat Embraer 140 until August 2016 instead of retiring its remaining 140s in January.
Chief executive Pedro Fabregas told employees that American wants to fly 10 of the E140 aircraft through next year. As a result, that will keep an additional 50 pilots jobs at Envoy, Fabregas said.
“This additional flying is a testament to the outstanding service that Envoy provides to American,” Fabregas said in a message sent to employees on Wednesday.
According to a July investor update, American ended the second quarter with 22 E140s in its active fleet with plans to reduce the number to 13 by the end of 2015.
Message from Envoy CEO Pedro Fabregas
Dear Envoy team –
I’m pleased to share an update to American’s operating plan that will keep more flying at Envoy.
Previously, American’s plan was to phase out Envoy’s Embraer 140 (E140) flying in early January. American has updated that plan and advised us that they would like Envoy to continue flying 10 of the E140 aircraft into next year. These aircraft will then progressively retire between January and August 2016.
This news is more significant than the extension of a number of airplanes. For the first time since AMR’s 2012 bankruptcy filing, Envoy’s net fleet count will remain stable between January and August 2016.
This is great news for all Envoy employees, and underscores the positive trends happening all across our company. We have been able to perform additional flying for American in several locations, our dependability and reliability is improving and we do all of this with the highest degree of safety. For our pilots, this incremental E140 flying supports approximately 50 ERJ Captain positions that previously were not needed in the first half of 2016. Combined with the expected flowthrough to American, this will result in long-awaited career progression for our First Officers.
There is a building excitement at Envoy as we prepare for the arrival of the first new Embraer 175 (E175) aircraft in November. We are hiring pilots, flight attendants, mechanics and ground employees to support a successful large RJ operation, and training is already underway to ensure we’re ready to introduce the E175 into revenue service in February 2016.
This additional flying is a testament to the outstanding service that Envoy provides to American. Thank you for helping to earn that business – and for all you do for our customers and each other.