The pilots for American Airlines subsidiary, and long time ATP recruiting partner, Envoy Air, represented by the Air Line Pilots Association (ALPA), have ratified a tentative agreement that will allow pilots at Envoy Air to fly Embraer E-175 aircraft for American. ALPA reported that 75% of Envoy pilots voted to ratify the agreement out of more than 91% of eligible pilots casting ballots.
“With this agreement, Envoy has just become one of the premier regional airlines for qualified applicants seeking a long-term career as an airline pilot,” Envoy president and CEO Pedro Fábregas told employees in a letter.
“Ratification of these changes provide the forward-looking economics that American Airlines Group has requested from the Envoy pilots’ in order to re-fleet the carrier,” ALPA said in a message to pilots.
“Envoy management has the tools they require to make Envoy a viable carrier for years to come. The ball is clearly in management’s court to deliver on the promises made to create a sustainable future for all employee groups,” the union stated.
In a statement, Master Executive Council chairman Sam Pool said that Envoy pilots “were faced with an extremely difficult choice between two challenging outcomes.”
“While this deal represents a process that none of our pilots wanted and none would have voluntarily chosen, we endorsed it as the better alternative to the continuous dismemberment and outsourcing of our flying,” he said.
Current Envoy pilots will get cash bonuses and a promise that they’ll get a spot in an American Airlines pilot training class. The deal also provides that Envoy will get 40 Embraer E175s that American has on order, as well as 90 other E175s if American decides to exercise its option to buy those aircraft.
“For our more than 14,000 employees, this Agreement lays the foundation for a stronger company and more successful future at Envoy,” Fábregas said in a letter to Envoy employees. “With a firm fleet commitment of 40 new fuel-efficient 76-seat Embraer 175 (E175) aircraft – and the opportunity to operate up to 90 more E175s, if American exercises those options – Envoy will soon offer a top-notch and cost-effective regional product for American and its customers.”
“Exciting days are ahead and we have much work to do, and I can’t think of a better way to end 2014 than by celebrating this outstanding development. I look forward to working together to make the most of these exciting new opportunities in 2015.”