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Envoy Air to reopen New York flight crew base in 2017


American Airlines’ regional carrier, Envoy Air, announced plans to reopen its flight crew base at New York’s LaGuardia Aiport in 2017.

“New York is one of the world’s largest and most influential commercial, financial and cultural centers —and we’re delighted to soon be open for business in the Northeast once again,” said Envoy Air’s senior vice president of air operations Dee Temples.

The announcement comes less than two years after the Irving-based carrier said it was shuttering its New York base as American transferred regional flying of Embraer EMB-140/145 aircraft from the airport to Trans States Airlines. Envoy will now be operating those aircraft to U.S. and Canadian destinations out of LaGuardia, which prompted the decision to reopen the New York base for pilots, flight attendants and maintenance workers.

“This is a wonderful boon to our hard-working northeast pilots as well as the countless other team members who will be positively affected by the reopening of a LaGuardia base,” said pilots union leader Sam Pool in a message sent to pilots on Wednesday.

The regional carrier also announced 100 captain vacancies for first officers to move up into, Pool said.

Earlier this month, Envoy boosted its starting pay rate for new pilot hires to $38, almost double the current rate. New pilot hires can earn up to $58,000 their first year on the job, the carrier said.

Envoy is one of ten regional carriers that operate American Eagle flights for American Airlines.

Andrea Ahles: 817-390-7631, @Sky_Talk