NEW YORK (AP) – American Airlines has signed a deal with SkyWest Inc. to do some of its regional flying.

The deal announced Wednesday by Fort Worth-based American means SkyWest will operate 23 Bombardier regional jets under the American Eagle banner.

It currently expects flights to start on Nov. 15, with the full fleet up and running by spring. Most of them will be out of Los Angeles International Airport and Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport.

About half are expected to be flown by SkyWest Airlines while the rest will be operated by sister carrier ExpressJet Airlines. The contract has a four-year term.

AMR Corp., which is the parent company of American Airlines and American Eagle, filed for bankruptcy protection last November.

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