American Eagle Lays Out Restructuring; Easterwood Service Well Off

American Eagle's Restructuring Plan
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The head of Easterwood Airport says American Eagle Airlines officials told him they are very happy with profits they're making here as the company announced more details of its bankruptcy restructuring.

American Eagle told union leaders Wednesday it is proposing a $75 million cut in yearly employee costs.

The airline will also retire older, less efficient aircraft and replace them with larger, more fuel-efficient jets.

“There is no denying these changes will be difficult. But achieving competitive costs is absolutely necessary in order for us to justify American’s investment in new aircraft for Eagle to operate on its behalf," American Eagle President and CEO Dan Garton wrote in a letter to employees. "If we miss this opportunity to demonstrate that Eagle has fully competitive costs, it would provide American and AMR another reason to select other regional carriers to assume this responsibility."

In early February, American Eagle replaced propeller planes coming to and from Easterwood with regional jets, and Director of Aviation John Happ says that's been a more attractive flying option for travelers.

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