February 13, 2014 / 8:39 PM / 5 years ago

American Eagle says parent to seek other carriers to fly new jets

American Eagle planes sit at their gate at O'Hare International airport in Chicago November 29, 2011. REUTERS/Frank Polich

(Reuters) - American Airlines Group will start looking for other regional carriers to operate new regional jets from Embraer after pilot union leaders at the carrier’s American Eagle Airlines unit on Wednesday rejected a proposed labor contract, the president of the regional unit said in a note to staff on Thursday.

Pedro Fadregas, president of American Eagle, added in the note that he has “no reason to believe American will offer us new large regional jet flying after these unsuccessful negotiations.” Still, he said American Eagle Airlines had a strong ground handling business and was not planning to shut down.

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