American Eagle pilots reject contract offer

Posted: February 15, 2014

Leaders for pilots at American Airline's American Eagle subsidiary have rejected a tentative contract offer, without sending it to pilots for a vote.

American tried unsuccessfully to spin-off Eagle in recent years because its costs were too high. Management asked the pilots to make labor-cost concessions, but the union leadership Wednesday said the cuts were too steep.

American, led by CEO Doug Parker, could shut down Eagle - as Delta Air Lines did with its Comair subsidiary in September 2012 - and contract the flying to other regional carriers.

US Airways, which merged with American Airlines in December, contracts with regional airlines, including Republic Airways and Air Wisconsin, to do short-haul and "express" flying. US Airways also has two wholly-owned subsidiaries, PSA and Piedmont Airlines, that fly under the US Airways brand to smaller and mid-size cities.

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