American Eagle is changing its corporate name to Envoy Airlines, the carrier announced Tuesday.
How does this effect you as a traveler? Not at all, actually.
The brand American Eagle remains, so every commuter jet you fly as part of an American Airlines itinerary will remain painted just as it is now. Only the actual name of the parent company American Eagle is changing. So in the future, you’ll be on an American Eagle flight operated by Envoy Airlines.
The reason for this is a bit complicated, as many of my readers know. There are two matters at work here. One is that there is a company based in Texas called American Eagle Airlines, which operates flights under the American Eagle brand. The second is that there are other commuter airlines, such as Skywest Airlines and Chautauqua Airlines, that are entirely independent companies but brand their flights as American Eagle. Presumably, this causes confusion. And that confusion will now be alleviated.
“Our people and our company – which is one the largest regional carriers in the world with some of the best people in our business – deserve a name that is all our own,” said Pedro Fabregas, the president and CEO of American Eagle Airlines, in a statement. “By taking on the Envoy name, we can better differentiate ourselves from the competition and better market ourselves. This is important for both our people and our company as we further expand our ground handling business.”
American Airlines plans to open a new 2,400 square foot Admirals Club in January at its American Eagle terminal at Los Angeles International Airport, according to an internal email. The club will be the airline’s second at LAX.
Also in the email, American plans to reopen a tunnel connecting its own Terminal 4 with Delta’s Terminal 5 as soon as early September. That means passengers will be able to freely move between Terminals 4,5,6,7 without having to re-clear security. Of special benefit for American: Its passengers will be able to much more easily connect to flights on codeshare partner Alaska Airlines, which operates in Terminal 6.
The internal email suggests the tunnel would have opened already but that fire inspectors found that the alarm system is obsolete and needs to be replaced. A thread on the popular message board Flyertalk.com suggests that tunnel has been closed since just after Sept. 11, 2001. Apparently post 9/11 security concerns were to blame.
Eventually, American’s Terminal 4 also will be connected inside security to the new Tom Bradley International Terminal, giving passengers from Terminals 4 through 8 easier connections to international flights. The internal email suggests that that project will be completed in fourth quarter 2015, though airport construction timeline estimates are notoriously fickle.
When the connector to the Bradley Terminal opens, American will have access to four gates at the facility. American will be the first domestic airline to use the international terminal, the email states. American officials have long complained that they do not have enough gates in their facility, so this should help alleviate that crunch.