Continental and American Eagle are both facing FAA civil penalties for noncompliance issues.
Continental faces a potential $275,000 fine for allegedly operating two Boeing 737-900ER aircraft on 73 flights with incorrect main landing gear wheel-tire assemblies.
American Eagle faces potential fees of $330,000 for allegedly operating an Embraer 135 regional jets when mechanics failed to note broken passenger seats and armrests on two aircraft and did not follow the approved maintenance manual instructions. FAA inspectors discovered seats on two aircraft that would not raise and stow into the upright and locked position for takeoffs and landings and also found damaged center arm rests that would not stow in the upright and locked position.
The FAA further alleges that American Eagle used one of the aircraft on 12 revenue passenger flights between the inspection and repair of the seats and armrests. The other aircraft did not fly again until the airline completed the required work.
Continental and American Eagle both have 30 days from receipt of the FAA’s enforcement letter to respond to the agency.