OK.."E", I'm with you so far.
Think back to the days, when AA used the BAC-111 to fly the "dinky" routes.
Along those lines, If AA can dump AAdvantage, and Eagle as successfully as Sabre, then go for it.
I agree with you, AA still needs to "feed itself" IN-HOUSE, prompting the Need for E-jets, very soon(like YESTERDAY).
Go FORWARD, with the Intention of going into BK, ...............But.............if, while traveling along that road, AA is able to reach agreements with APA/APFA for things like payrates for E-jets, then so be it !
Your turn !
If Eagle is spun off you can bet they will get E-Jets themselves, even if it is under another certificate.
If A/A is going to get E-Jets the company is going to go for payrates that are competative with Eagle's (and other feeders) costs. The APA was offered the CRJ-700's now if they could do it on a cost neutral basis. We all know how that turned out. Eagle's costs would go down even further with larger and more aircraft after a spin-off. A/A would have to match that new figure. My question is how much are the work groups willing to give back in the future to fly the E-Jets?
FWIW, I guesstimate the American mechanics would have to currently work for about $23.00/hour to receive the same compensation as an Eagle mechanic when the benefits are factored in. Of course, if they are pushing for BK and the pension is eliminated then that might get the A/A mechs another buck or two an hour.