FORT WORTH, Texas (AP) - American Eagle has announced plans to stop flying turboprop planes from its main hub in North Texas and will switch to regional jets.
The carrier, operating under bankruptcy protection, will replace turboprop planes at Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport with Embraer 44-seat and 50-seat jets.
American Eagle CEO Dan Garton on Tuesday notified employees of the changes, taking effect by Jan. 31, as the carrier seeks to streamline operations. The airline's parent, Fort Worth-based AMR Corp., filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection last month.
American Eagle uses turboprop planes to serve airports within about an hour's flight of DFW, including College Station, Longview, Lubbock, Killeen, San Angelo, Tyler, Waco and Wichita Falls.
The turboprop planes will be returned to a leasing company. American Eagle last week stopped hiring new pilots.