American Airlines (AA, Dallas/Fort Worth) has no plans to dispose of its American Eagle Airlines (MQ, Dallas/Fort Worth) subsidiary despite Eagle pilots recently rejecting amended work contracts. In an interview with AirTransportWorld's Aaron Karp, AA's CEO Doug Parker said there were no plans at this time for Eagle "other than to own it and have it provide services for American."

In the wake of the rejection, however, Eagle President Pedro Fabregas has warned his carrier would shrink its fleet and will need to make appropriate changes to bring down costs.

"Other regional airlines have been able to bring in new aircraft at lower costs," Parker told Reuters in São Paulo. "Without those new planes, it's going to be hard for American Eagle to grow competitively."

The approval of the new deal would have seen Eagle - soon to become Envoy Air (MQ, Dallas/Fort Worth) - operate American's new fleet of EMB-175s in return for pilot pay-scale freezes until 2018.