American's Eagle subsidiary expects pilot shortage

Published on NewsOK Modified: February 21, 2014 at 2:07 pm •  Published: February 21, 2014

FORT WORTH, Texas (AP) — American Eagle is warning that it expects to have trouble recruiting pilots because the American Airlines subsidiary is likely to have fewer planes.

That is the fallout after leaders of the local Air Line Pilots Association chapter rejected a contract offer from the company.

In a letter to pilots, Eagle vice president of flight Jim Winkley said that after the rejection, American won't give Eagle the 60 new Embraer aircraft it recently ordered and will place those planes with another regional airline. American is likely to give Eagle's Bombardier jets to another carrier too, he said.

Winkley said that Eagle expects to get fewer applicants for pilot jobs.

"Now, with the future of our flying so unclear, we anticipate having a difficult time staffing our cockpits," he wrote in the letter.

The pilots' union did not immediately respond on Friday to messages seeking comment. Last week, union leaders said they rejected the 10-year offer because it would have locked in wages lower than those paid by other regional airlines.