The Envoy Air flight attendants union criticized American Airlines management for contracting with another carrier to fly new regional jets for the airline.
The Association of Flight Attendants, which represents the Envoy Air workers, said its flight attendants gave concessions during American's bankruptcy process and were promised a fresh start and new airplanes.
"The equipment is being sent to another company which had no connection to the financial restructuring in which we engaged to insure that our company would achieve the profitability it now enjoys – the same profitability which allows it to obtain this new aircraft. For both American Airlines and Envoy Air management to now turn their backs on our award-winning employees by providing no comment as to the future of our airline is unconscionable," the union said.
Keep reading for the full letter from the union.
UPDATE: American issued the following statement in response to AFA's criticism of the airline placing 20 new Embraer E175 aircraft with Compass Airlines.
"As you are aware, Envoy spent several months in early 2014 negotiating with Envoy pilots represented by the Air Line Pilots Association (ALPA) that would have placed American’s firm order of E175s on the Envoy certificate. Envoy pilots chose not to ratify the resulting Tentative Agreement (TA) which is a decision American and Envoy respect. Envoy continues to be an important part of American Airlines Group. While new, larger aircraft will not be placed on Envoy certificate in the near-term, AAG does hope Envoy will be able to fly larger and more cost-effective aircraft in the future."
ENVOY AIR FLIGHT ATTENDANTS CALL ON MANAGEMENT TO MAKE RIGHT ON AIRCRAFT COMMITMENTS
Open Letter Issued after Industry Competitor Receives New Aircraft Pledge from American Airlines
Washington, DC – Envoy Air Flight Attendants, represented by the Association of Flight Attendants-CWA (AFA), issued the following statement after American Airlines management announced the placement of 20 new Embraer 175 regional jets with an industry competitor:
“The hard working professionals across our company have made the American Eagle brand the gold standard within our industry for over 25 years. We were promised a fresh start after bankruptcy, with a new look, new energy and, most of all, new airplanes. American Eagle (now Envoy) employees, whether represented by unions or not, selflessly gave the concessions demanded by management in order to secure these new airplanes and bring our company into a new era of prosperity after emerging from a very dark period in our history.
“What thanks have we received? Apparently NONE. The equipment is being sent to another company which had no connection to the financial restructuring in which we engaged to insure that our company would achieve the profitability it now enjoys – the same profitability which allows it to obtain this new aircraft. For both American Airlines and Envoy Air management to now turn their backs on our award-winning employees by providing no comment as to the future of our airline is unconscionable.
“The demoralizing effect of these misguided decisions continues to weigh heavily on our operation, while long term damage from the loss of in-house profits, loss of qualified pilots, and continued contraction of our aging fleet is quickly approaching critical mass.
“AFA calls upon management to do something very simple, something very American: Make it right. Honor your commitments. Take the high road. Give your 16,000 employees the tools required to return our company to the best-in-class leader we always have been. Now is the time to set Envoy Air on the correct course.”
The Association of Flight Attendants is the world’s largest Flight Attendant union. Focused 100 percent on Flight Attendant issues, AFA has been the leader in advancing the Flight Attendant profession for 68 years. Serving as the voice for Flight Attendants in the workplace, in the aviation industry, in the media and on Capitol Hill, AFA has transformed the Flight Attendant profession by raising wages, benefits and working conditions. Nearly 60,000 Flight Attendants come together to form AFA, part of the 700,000-member strong Communications Workers of America (CWA), AFL-CIO. Visit us atwww.afacwa.org.