Compass to operate 20 regional jets for American

June 18, 2014

FORT WORTH, Texas (AP) -- American Airlines said Wednesday that it assigned 20 new Embraer regional jets to Compass Airlines, which will use the planes under the American Eagle brand starting early next year.

It will be the first time that American has used Compass, a unit of Trans States Holdings Inc., for regional flying.

The announcement is a setback for Envoy Air, which was formerly called American Eagle. American ordered 60 of the 76-seat Embraer E-175 jets with options for up to 90 more, but elected not to place them with Envoy after its pilots rejected a long-term contract that union leaders considered too concessionary.

American Airlines and Envoy are owned by American Airlines Group Inc., the company formed by American's December merger with US Airways.

The new planes will have 12 seats in first-class, 20 economy seats with extra legroom, and 44 general seats in economy-class.

Compass said the planes will increase its fleet to 62 Embraer aircraft, and American could give it more planes under the agreement.