Dan Garton, president and chief executive of AMR Eagle, told the troops Thursday that the carrier wasn’t able to bid for the flying that American Airlines is sending to Republic Airlines.

AMR Eagle was “not in a position to meet a key requirement of securing and financing large regional jets in the timeframe requested,” Garton said in a message Thursday to his employees.

Right now, Garton’s company is part of AMR. And like AMR and American Airlines, AMR Eagle is in bankruptcy court, with all the constraints that imposes.

However, AMR Eagle “is on track to achieve our own business plan, which projects the replacement of our smaller jets with larger equipment,” Garton said in his message. “Furthermore, we are working closely with American and the aircraft manufacturers to put together a comprehensive plan to access these large regional aircraft.”

American and Republic Airways announced Thursday that Republic’s Republic Airlines unit will operate Embraer E175 jets, a 76-seat aircraft, under the American Eagle brand beginning this summer when it accepts the first of 53 E175s it has ordered. The flying will be focused on American’s Chicago O’Hare hub.

Keep reading for Garton’s entire message.

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