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Envoy Air to shut down New York crew base

Envoy Air, which operates as American Eagle, announced Tuesday it was closing its New York crew base. (Star-Telegram/Joyce Marshall)
Envoy Air, which operates as American Eagle, announced Tuesday it was closing its New York crew base. (Star-Telegram/Joyce Marshall) Star-Telegram

Envoy Air announced Tuesday it will shut down its New York crew base by the end of the year as American Airlines is shifting its regional flying to another airline.

“We regret the impact this will have on our New York-based employees and are working now to develop a timeline for this transition. We hope to accommodate as many of our impacted employees as possible at other locations in the system,” said Envoy Air chief executive Pedro Fabregas in a note to employees.

Envoy, which is owned by American Airlines Group and operates as American Eagle, has been slowly shrinking as American decides to use other carriers for regional flights.

In June, American will begin transferring Bombardier CRJ-700 aircraft from Envoy to PSA Airlines and will transfer the smaller Embraer EMB-140/145s to Trans States Airlines in May, Fabregas said.

Envoy’s pilots recently approved a new labor agreement that will bring larger regional jets to the carrier. The first Embraer 175 aircraft operated by Envoy will begin flying out of DFW in November.

Keep reading for the full announcement from Envoy.

Update on American Eagle Network Realignments

As I shared last month, American continues to make adjustments to the American Eagle network to optimize its regional feed – identifying which carriers and equipment will operate most effectively in each market. We announced last week that the first of our 40 new Embraer 175 (E175) aircraft that begin arriving in November will be operated by Envoy in DFW. We’ve also received further information from American about some previously announced fleet changes I want to share with you:

We now know our Bombardier CRJ700 flying in the New York market will be drawn down beginning this May. While Envoy will continue operating CRJ700s until sometime in 2017, we will discontinue CRJ700 flying in New York’s Kennedy (JFK) and LaGuardia (LGA) airports by the end of this year. American has contracted with another regional carrier to provide regional feed in New York as Envoy service draws down. As planned, the first CRJ700 transfer from Envoy to PSA will occur in June 2015.

As announced last month, American plans to transfer the Embraer EMB-140/145 aircraft Envoy currently operates in JFK and LGA. It recently reached an agreement with Trans States Airlines to operate these aircraft, beginning in May. The transfer of service to Trans States is also expected to be complete by year end.

As a result of these changes, Envoy will no longer maintain a base in New York for pilots, flight attendants or mechanics by the end of 2015. We regret the impact this will have on our New York-based employees and are working now to develop a timeline for this transition. We hope to accommodate as many of our impacted employees as possible at other locations in the system.

Due to similar network adjustments made last fall, Envoy now operates a substantially reduced flight schedule in Miami (MIA). In order to improve efficiency and consolidate its regional feed in MIA among fewer carriers, American has advised us that Envoy air operations in MIA will also end by the end of this year, consolidating our flying at our largest hubs in Chicago (ORD) and Dallas/Fort Worth (DFW).

Envoy’s ground handling employees in LGA, JFK and MIA will continue to handle all American Eagle flights in those locations, regardless of operator, just as they do for American Eagle flights in Los Angeles (LAX) today. By remaining the leading high-quality and cost-effective handler, we can maintain our ground handling work in these markets and others for years to come. I recognize these changes will be challenging for all of us, but especially difficult for those employees who are directly impacted by the consolidated flying. I will continue to provide updates as we move forward through these transitions.

There is still a tremendous amount of work being done throughout the company to prepare for our fleet renewal with the E175s and ensure a smooth introduction of this new aircraft type to our fleet. We are excited to be the first American Eagle carrier to offer this enhanced two-class E175 service to American’s customers from DFW.

Thank you for your continued commitment to Envoy and for all you do – for our customers and each other.

Pedro Fábregas

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