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AmericanEagle says final goodbye to the Virgin Islands

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AMR Eagle flew its last schedule flight out of TUPJ last evening, they have server this region well and I will be sad they are gone. (www.virginislandsnewsonline.com) 기타...

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dg1941
dg1941 4
Some conflicting information, like the two man crew, but having flight attendants.
jshhmr
I agree. I used to be a crew scheduler for Eagle (before the 4 carrier merger) and ATR42's have 1 attendant, 72's have 2. I believe it was a seating config of 43/64.
preacher1
4 carrier merger????????????????????
jshhmr
Eagle used to consist of 4 companies: Simmons handled DFW/ORD hubs, Flagship BNA/JFK, Wings West DFW/LAX and Executive MIA/SJU. I worked for Simmons. The livery was all the same though. We worked at AA's System Operations Control in Ft Worth.
preacher1
Well, I learned something today. Thanks
HunterTS4
I was thinkin' the same thing! Appreciate that
preacher1
How far back was that, Josh?
jshhmr
The carriers merged in late 1998 or early 1999 I believe. I accepted a job with Lone Star/Aspen Mountain air at that point. Cool airline. They had Fairchild Metro's and Dornier 328's with all first class seating and free drinks :)
drdisque
Did the Metro's have an FA or did only the D328 flights have free drinks?
jshhmr
Each plane had one F/A. The Metro III's didn't have the all first class configuration. Only the 328's had free alcohol. I flew on DFW-PNS, DFW-TYS, DFW-SAF on the 328's on days off. Fun times!
dcrose1942
This story concerns the BVI, not St.Thomas or St.Croix, the U.S.V.I> There is at present, non-stop and connecting flights to St.Thomas and St. Croix via AMERICAN AIRLINES.
HunterTS4
Hope they came back around for a low pass in that ATR.......
preacher1
It may have been an ATR on normal service. I couldn't really tell because of the water spray but that sure didn't look like an ATR in the photograph show; to boot the pilot said that he brought in 66pax. I didn't think the ATR's could carry that many. Actually, if you look close thru the spray, that looks like a 737 or an ERJ of some kind. I really didn't understand the pilot's about not enough aircraft, going from 30 down to 4, either
DaneJoel
It is an ATR. Clicked the first pic and queried the N number.
preacher1
I guess if I would have clicked the pic and enlarged it so I could see it better, I would have seen it w/o causing you boys so much trouble.lol. That's how it is when you get old.lol
THRUSTT
THRUSTT 1
Eat more carrot cake for the vision!
preacher1
I guess so, but per below, I still don't have no use for an ATR.LOL
preacher1
And you would to have had to enlarge it to in order to get the tail#.lol
HunterTS4
He just had too much sweet tea now!
chicoaggie
N431AT
JetLife
JetLife 1
They are pulling out the entire caribbean... No more atr from San Juan to any of the other islands. The lessors have already published new leases for them after AMR return them.
titi577
titi577 1
Typical of the Airlines in Puerto Rico they only survive for for approximately 10 years whti exception of Caribear that last much longer til it was bough by Easter Airline. I flew for PrinAir for almost 10 year I was #8 in the seniority list.
ltcjra
ltcjra -1
Profitable (according to the story) and leaving the market?
preacher1
That is strange from a bankrupt carrier, if for a fact it is.
drdisque
It's possible that the Beef Island route was profitable, but not profitable enough to justify keeping the ATR fleet or the SJU ATR pilot base.
preacher1
Possibly both, but the last I heard AA had all the ATR's on the sale block, a bunch already parked at Abilene, primarily because of age/maintenance costs, etc. I think they were looking at South America as a market
drdisque
They aren't owned by American - they were leased and are being returned to their lessors in bankruptcy.
preacher1
I hate that the lessors are going to get stiffed but them dang things need to be ran off a cliff and melted down, never to fly again. Ain't nothing but a personal opinion but that is the sorriest excuse for an airplane ever certified. Slow and noisy and handles like a logwagon. God must have given a special blessing to a man that had to fly one on a regular basis.IMHO.LOL
HunterTS4
.....and sore on the eyes to boot!
jshhmr
It's actually Saab 340's parked at ABI. I live in West Texas and drive by them sometime. I mention this before. I think you brought up weathering issues, which is true. They'd need a lot of work.

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