Business Insider: American Airlines CEO reveals why he engineered 2 of the biggest airline mergers in the last 20 years

From Business Insider:

American Airlines’ current CEO, Doug Parker, originally was the CEO of America West Airlines when he saw an opportunity to grow the company when he saw weakness in a struggling fellow carrier. He acquired and merged bankrupt US Airways with America West. The more appropriate US Airways name and brand was adopted.

Next, another opportunity came when American Airlines went into bankruptcy. Parker orchestrated a buyout and strategic merger of US Airways with American Airlines when it came out of bankruptcy. Once again the larger company’s name was adopted. As a result of the merger, the current day American Airlines is the largest airline in the world.

Peal the paint away of some AA Airbus A320s and you will find the America West roots.

This is really the story of how upstart America West Airlines (a new airline of the deregulation era) under CEO Doug Parker became the largest airline in the world through two acquisitions and two name adoptions.

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America West Airlines Airbus A320-232 N657AW (msn 1083) LAX (Bruce Drum). Image: 101107.

Above Copyright Photo: America West Airlines Airbus A320-232 N657AW (msn 1083) LAX (Bruce Drum). Image: 101107.

America West Airlines aircraft slide show:

America West September 7, 2005 Route Map:

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