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Executive Airlines, Inc. was a regional airline headquartered in Carolina, Puerto Rico. Effective April 1, 2013 Executive Airlines was continuing to do business in the Caribbean and Bahamas as an aircraft ground handling company, providing services to various airlines in the region, after it had ceased operating scheduled passenger flights with ATR turboprop aircraft as an American Eagle air carrier on behalf of American Airlines via a code sharing agreement providing passenger feed at the former American Airlines hub located at the Luis Muñoz Marín International Airport (SJU) located in San Juan, Puerto Rico.
|Ceased operations||April 1, 2013|
|Hubs||Luis Muñoz Marín International Airport|
|Parent company||AMR Corporation|
|Headquarters||Carolina, Puerto Rico|
|Key people||Pedro Fabregas (President)|
The Executive Airlines name was also used by a U.S.-based commuter air carrier which operated scheduled passenger flights during the late 1960s and early 1970s in the northeast U.S. and Florida.
Executive Airlines operated an extensive inter-island network in the Caribbean and to the Bahamas and the USA in American Eagle colors. Its main base was Luis Muñoz Marín International Airport, San Juan. In addition, Executive Airlines owns Executive Ground Services, Inc. which is a provider of aviation ground services.
According to the American Airlines system timetable dated March 7, 2013, all American Eagle flights operated by Executive Airlines from San Juan (SJU) were scheduled to be discontinued by April 1, 2013. Executive Airlines d/b/a American Eagle operated its last flights on Sunday, March 31, 2013.
The airline was founded by Puerto Rican businessman Joaquín Bolivar as Executive Air Charter in 1979, and on September 15, 1986 joined the American Eagle system. It became an AMR Eagle subsidiary on December 7, 1989. It is a subsidiary of AMR Eagle Holdings Corporation which operates American Eagle Airlines Inc., and Executive Airlines Inc. Both are subsidiaries of AMR Corporation, the parent of American Airlines. It has 2,125 employees (at March 2007).
In late 2007, it was announced AMR plans to "spin off" Executive Airlines Inc., which according to the filing, carries the American Eagle name. In the American Airlines Inc., 8k SEC filing dated November 29, 2007, "The planned divestiture would include both American Eagle Airlines, Inc., which feeds American Airlines hubs throughout North America, and its independently certificated regional carrier affiliate, Executive Airlines, Inc., which carries and d/b/a American Eagle in name throughout The Bahamas and the Caribbean from bases in Miami and San Juan, Puerto Rico."
On July 8, 2008, American Eagle Inc, announced changes in leadership at its San Juan-based Executive Airlines operation in which Ed Criner, Executive's current president, returned to the U.S. mainland to oversee one of American Eagle's largest operations at Chicago O’Hare airport, and Pedro Fabregas, Vice President - Finance and Planning for Executive, became President - Executive Airlines. Fabregas, a 25-year industry veteran, joined American Airlines in 1983 and quickly progressed through a number of management positions. He moved to Executive Airlines in 1998 as Director - Finance and Administration, and has since contributed in a variety of roles, including Vice President - Sales, Marketing and Planning.
In 2005, Fabregas was selected by the Senate of the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico as one of the most important business leaders in Puerto Rico.
- American Eagle / Executive Airlines Organization - Caribbean
Pedro Fabregas - President & CEO
Ramon Hernandez - Vice Technical Operations
Benixavier Perez - Vice President Safety & Compliance
Jorge Ramirez - Vice President International Operations
Carlos Hernandez - Director Flight Operations
Brenda Torres - Director Finance & Accounting
(OW) Executive Airlines former DestinationsEdit
- Destinations served from the former American Airlines San Juan hub
- Antigua and Barbuda
- British Virgin Islands
- Dominican Republic
- Barahona (María Montez International Airport)
- La Romana (La Romana International Airport)
- Puerto Plata (Gregorio Luperón International Airport)
- Punta Cana (Punta Cana International Airport)
- Samaná (Samaná El Catey International Airport)
- Santiago (Cibao International Airport)
- Santo Domingo (Herrera International Airport)
- Santo Domingo (Las Américas International Airport)
- France (Overseas departments)
- Puerto Rico
- Saint Kitts and Nevis
- Saint Lucia
- Saint Vincent and the Grenadines
- Sint Maarten
- Trinidad and Tobago
- U.S. Virgin Islands
The Executive Air fleet consisted of the following aircraft (at February 2008):
Prior to transitioning to an all ATR 72 fleet, Executive Airlines operated the following turboprop aircraft:
The fleet was owned by the parent company, AMR until it completed a sale & leaseback transaction in February 2008. The ATR 72s were returned to the leasing company starting in 2012 two at a time. It appeared as of March 2013 that no replacement aircraft were on order as the American Eagle service operated by Executive Airlines conducted its last flights on Sunday, March 31, 2013 according to the American Airlines system timetable dated March 7, 2013.
Incidents and accidentsEdit
- May 8, 1987: American Eagle Flight 5452, a CASA 212-200 was on a domestically scheduled passenger flight between San Juan, Puerto Rico-Mayaguez, Puerto Rico crashed short of Runway 09 while landing at Mayaguez. After impacting, the plane continued through a chain link fence and a ditch. Of the 6 occupants onboard (4 passengers and 2 crew on board) 2 were killed. The cause of the crash was determined to be the improper maintenance in setting the flight idle propeller and engine fuel flow.
- June 7, 1992: American Eagle Flight 5456, a CASA 212-200 was on a regular flight between San Juan, Puerto Rico and Mayaguez, Puerto Rico when it lost control and crashed nose-down about 3/4 mile from the Mayaguez, Puerto Rico airport. Both crew and all three passengers were killed. The cause of the crash was the copilot's inadvertent activation of the levers, causing the plane to lose control.
- May 9, 2004: an American Eagle ATR 72, flight 5401, crashed on landing in San Juan, Puerto Rico after the captain lost control of the aircraft while landing. 17 people were injured. 
Tribute to Executive AirlinesEdit
After Executive Airlines ceased operations on April 1, 2013, the airlines' employees put together a tribute to Executive Airlines in 3 parts:
- "Regional3.pdf[dead link]." Aviation Week. Retrieved on September 28, 2009.
- World Airline Directory. Flight International. March 22–28, 1995. 68.
- http://www.timetableimages.com, Executive Airlines timetables
- Flight International 3 April 2007
- "American Airlines Inc - 8-K - For 11/29/07". SEC Info. Retrieved 2012-10-14.
- "American Airlines Inc - 8-K - PDF - For 11/29/07 - Accession Number 0000006201-07-000093" (PDF). Secdatabase.com. Retrieved 2012-10-14.
- "American inks sale-leaseback deal on ATR 72s". Flightglobal.com. 2008-12-02. Retrieved 2012-10-14.
- "Libraries | Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University" (PDF). Amelia.db.erau.edu. Archived from the original (PDF) on 2008-02-27. Retrieved 2012-10-14.
- "Crash During Landing, Executive Airlines Flight 5401, Avions de Transport Regional 72-212, N438AT, San Juan, Puerto Rico, May 9, 2004" (PDF). Retrieved 2020-12-25.