American Eagle to Furlough 50 More Pilots

Furloughs take effect April 5

American Eagle will furlough more pilots after deciding to phase out nine ATR-72 aircraft operating out of Miami.

In a letter to employees, CEO Dan Garton said the airline is notifying 50 of its most junior pilots about the decision.

"While any reduction in force is regrettable, it is an unfortunate reality in the competitive business we are in. In order to lower our costs and ensure Eagle is in line with the rest of the regional industry, we must carefully manage staffing levels to support the amount of flying we are asked to provide," Garton said in the letter.

The regional carrier had already furloughed more than 100 pilots since parent company Fort Worth-based AMR declared bankruptcy last November.

The furlough will be effective April 5.

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