I was fortunate enough to attend American Airlines Media Day a few days ago. It was a full day of presentations and Q&A with top executives about past results and future expectations. These were my takeaways.
Follow me through this timeline here. Yesterday afternoon there was a bunch of noise about Scott Kirby, the President of American Airlines, apparently jumping ship to United Airlines. That was pretty shocking news given that Scott has been by Doug Parker’s side for over 20 years in the airline industry. I wasn’t the only one talking about it. There were a bunch of other bloggers writing about it. I single out Wandering Aramean and View From The Wing’s posts because I had discussions with both of them while the whole […]
Scott Kirby, President of American Airlines, is leaving to take the same position at United. This one kinda came out of left field, but it seems he couldn’t come to terms with the succession plan at American.
While American’s most recent change to a 24-hour refund as opposed to allowing for free 24-hour holds on revenue tickets, it seems like a good time to consider what the future will look like.
The Best of the Rest is my effort to summarize all the travel/miles & points stories that interested me on a daily basis but didn’t have time to write about in length. Culled from over 100 blogs/authors I follow, some are passed along without comment, while I add my analysis to others. This is your shortcut to find out what’s going on in the travel world without having to read dozens of travel blogs to get all the best info.
American Airline has said quite a few times in the past couple of years that they were heads down and focused on the reservation system integration before considering other changes. On the first earnings call after the res system integration, they’ve given us some big hints about what’s next.
I continue to read about developments each day in the continuing sage of union negotiations at multiple levels within American Airlines. The last time I wrote about the unions, the pilots union was still negotiating and the flight attendants had just narrowly voted down a contract. As usual, Terry Maxon has the scoop. The pilot’s union and American Airlines have both agreed to keep negotiating in the wake of passing their second deadline. Both sides agree they want to keep talking instead of moving to arbitration, even though management has […]
Labor peace remains elusive at the new American Airlines, though relations between unions and management for appear to be as bad as they’ve been previously. It wasn’t long ago that Doug Parker, then CEO of US Airways, was working out deals with union members of both airlines, promising generous pay raises. Agreements are signed, a merger consummated, and some believed there might be a period of harmony between labor and management. I was skeptical. The lines began fraying a while ago, and the gaps have been getting incrementally wider. The pilots […]