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American Eagle fleet could put damper on sale.(Regional News)(American Eagle Airlines Inc.)(Brief article)

American Airlines parent AMR Corp.'s decision to sell off its regional subsidiary American Eagle may not see a frantic rush by other regional airlines or investors to acquire it.

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"At the end of the day, they have no growth," said longtime regional airline analyst Doug Abbey. AMR announced the decision to divest Eagle Nov. 28, saying the regional is "fully capable of standing on its own and is well positioned to pursue growth opportunities outside of the AMR corporate structure." But Abbey was not as bullish: "They haven't taken a new airplane since 2004, there is nothing on order and they have older aircraft. I don't think it's terribly attractive. …

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