American Airlines couldn't spread its wings as far as it does without sister company AMR Eagle Holding. A fellow subsidiary of AMR Corp., AMR Eagle Holding owns American Eagle Airlines and Executive Airlines, both of which do business as American Eagle and provide connecting service to smaller markets in the US, Canada, Mexico, and the Caribbean from American Airlines hubs. Combined, the American Eagle carriers serve about 150 destinations with a fleet of some 270 aircraft, including 230 jets (mostly Embraer models) and 40 turboprops. AMR plans to divest AMR Eagle Holding once it emerges from bankruptcy protection, which it entered in late 2011.
AMR is still bantering around the idea of spinning off AMR Eagle, almost three years after they first announced plans to sell it in 2007. The sale has been put on hold until AMR emerges from bankruptcy protection. AMR hopes the divestiture, which could take the form of a spinoff or a sale to a third party, will result in cost savings and increased shareholder value. American Airlines would continue to contract with the American Eagle carriers for regional service; AMR Eagle would also be able to pursue business from other carriers.
In the meantime, American Eagle Airlines flies from Boston; Chicago; Dallas/Fort Worth; Los Angeles; Miami; New York; Raleigh/Durham, North Carolina; and San Juan, Puerto Rico. Small regional carrier Executive Airlines operates in Florida and the Caribbean. To support growth, AMR Corp. placed an order in December 2009 for 22 Bombardier CRJ700 regional jets for American Eagle.
Along with the American Eagle businesses, American Airlines' regional network includes independent carriers Chautauqua Airlines and Trans States Airlines, which contract to provide service under the American Connection brand name, mainly from St. Louis.