Regional airlines may see more consolidation, WSJ reports

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U.S. regional airlines could see more consolidation following the deals among network carriers, according to Dan Garton, head of AMR Corp.'s (AAMRQ) American Eagle commuter unit, reports the Wall Street Journal. American Eagle is the biggest regional carrier wholly owned by a U.S. network airline, and in 2012 it accounted for 95% of the domestic passengers fed onto American's flights. A long-planned spinoff of American Eagle also remains a possibility even after the planned merger of American Airlines parent AMR and US Airways Group (LCC) though Garton said the initial priorities are developing a new aircraft-fleet plan and exploring how the partners' regional operations can be "blended."

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