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August 19, 2014

Envoy pilots union leaders meet to discuss contract talks

Union leaders for pilots at Envoy Air met on Tuesday to discuss the progress of contract talks with the regional carrier owned by American Airlines.

The Air Line Pilots Association’s master executive council for Envoy met for a status update, as the union and the carrier restarted contract discussions in the past few weeks.

In a note to pilots sent last Tuesday, ALPA MEC chair Bill Sprague said Envoy approached the union this summer to discuss a new contract and that the union’s negotiating committee had presented a proposal to the carrier last Tuesday.

“Core issues still requiring favorable solutions for our pilots include the fleet plan, the nature of any longevity pay step caps, and the bankruptcy amendment round credit,” Sprague said.

In March, Envoy’s 2,700 pilots overwhelming rejected a 10-year contract with the regional carrier that would have frozen pay scales in exchange for larger regional aircrafts to be flown by Envoy. The contract also provided for pilots to be hired at American Airlines’ mainline operations over the course of the contract.

As a result of the vote, American contracted with Compass Airlines to fly 20 of its new 76-seat Embraer E175 regional jets. The Fort Worth airline has 60 E175s on order from Embraer.

The new aircraft are being flown under the American Eagle livery. American has 10 other regional carriers, including its wholly-owned subsidiaries Envoy, PSA and Piedmont, that fly under the American Eagle brand.

American spokesman Casey Norton said Envoy is a significant provider of regional feed for American. The company has not disclosed who will operate the other 40 E175s it has ordered.

“American would like to place some of its large regional aircraft with Envoy, but the economics of Envoy’s current contract are not competitive,” Norton said.

-Andrea Ahles

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