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June 3rd Retiree Comments on YouTube Addressing the AA Board of Directors
Listen below to remarks made to the AA Board by Gail Dunham, Carol Reichert, Jackie Gilpin, Walton Gilpin, Rich Slivocka, and Don Smith.
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JUNE 6, 2015
On June 3rd shareholder representatives of AMRRC attended the American Airlines Shareholders Meeting in New York. Discussions pursued about the downgrading of retiree travel benefits with Mr. Parker and American Airlines Board of Directors. Other items were also presented by shareholders and discussed.
AMRRC would like to respond to some of Mr. Parker’s comments. American Airlines, Inc. did not need a merger to pull itself out of bankruptcy; however, US Airways needed a merger to compete with the giants of Delta Airlines, United Airlines and a stand-alone American Airlines. Included below are just some of Mr. Parker’s comments the bankruptcy and the merger. Mr. Parker’s comments regarding the bankruptcy of AA and the merger with US Airways seem to constantly differ depending on what audience he is addressing. There are three separate articles referenced below with the web-links to each.
June 3, 2015
American Airlines Shareholders Meeting
Mr. Parker to Retirees:
“If American Airlines hadn’t filed bankruptcy and didn’t need a merger with another company and a different list, then this wouldn’t happen. But it did.”
“We all owe you all a debt of gratitude for building the company to that point. But the company that you worked for went into bankruptcy, and it needed a merger to bring itself out. And it merged with a carrier and it had a different list and that’s what happened.”
USA Today – July 11, 2012
US Airways' CEO Parker Presses Case for Merger with American Doug Parker, the CEO of US Airways, is a frustrated man.
The head of the nation's fourth-biggest network airline says he hasn't been able to press his case with American Airlines' executives and its creditors that the best path out of bankruptcy for the nation's third-biggest network airline is to merge with him.
So he's taking his case public. Mr. Parker told USA TODAY's Editorial Board on Wednesday that the only way American — and US Airways, for that matter — can survive is to combine to compete with giants United and Delta, the nation's biggest carriers, which have gone through mergers of their own in the last four years.
"What we're talking about here is a proposal not to break up the company, but rather, to make it stronger," he said. "We're — unfortunately, because of the bankruptcy process — having a little bit of trouble."
A day after American CEO Tom Horton wrote a letter to employees saying that he's open to the idea of a possible merger with parties he did not name, Parker, 50, told the Editorial Board that he's yet to hear from Horton.
Since American's parent company, AMR, declared bankruptcy in November, its executives have said that they want to emerge from it as an independent entity. American has until Dec. 28 to come up with a plan for restructuring itself as a stand-alone company. But in his letter, Horton said that the company has made progress in its efforts to restructure, posting higher revenue for the third-consecutive month in June and reaching tentative new agreements with labor unions.
All that has led him to conclude; "that it now makes sense to carefully evaluate a range of strategic options, including potential mergers, which could make the new American even stronger. "It's a conclusion that many airline executives have made in recent years as they've tried to survive a down economy and higher fuel costs. Delta merged with Northwest, and United merged with Continental, making them the two most powerful network airlines in the nation.
Parker is a veteran when it comes to mergers, both successful and unsuccessful. He was at the helm of America West when it merged with US Airways in 2005. Since then, he's been courting others, most notably Delta. He failed to close that deal, partly because he couldn't win the support of employees. This time, he's got American's labor unions on his side, having aggressively lobbied them by pledging to save jobs.
Parker is arguing that this is American's last, best shot for a successful merger. But in many ways, it's also Parker's last, best shot. "This would be the last consolidation of large network carriers," he said.
Joining forces against United and Delta, he said, would benefit consumers by creating competition. US Airways' strong East Coast presence plus American's global network would make them a force to be reckoned with, he said. United and Delta, he said, "are doing a really nice job of building a global brand that can be everything to everyone. But there are only two of them. … This would create a third, and choice is good for consumers."
Analysts say American could remain a stand-alone company if it forged more regional and mainline code-share partnerships to fly into cities not on its route map. But if it merges, US Airways is probably the best option, says Ray Neidl, an airline analyst at the Maxim Group. A merger with Delta would not get Department of Justice antitrust approval, and niche carriers such as Alaska Airlines have cultures that wouldn't mix well with American, he says.
Airline consultant Darryl Jenkins says US Airways should be patient and let American go through the bankruptcy process. "It is not any slower than any other (bankruptcy)," he says. American didn't address Parker's comments and said in an e-mail to USA TODAY that it would be "measuring a range of alternatives against our strong stand-alone plan in a deliberate manner, determined solely by the facts."
Parker said he thought Horton's statements in his letter were promising but that he is "skeptical right now about their true intention. "Parker said he wants only "a fair chance to put our proposal up against the American stand-alone plan and let the people who own that company — the creditors of the company — decide which one they prefer." "We believe if we do that, we will certainly prevail," he said. "That's what we're asking for." Link to Article
How American Airlines Could Bail Out of the US Airways Merger
-- and Why It Might Want To
September 16, 2013
Parker's fast-track strategy, which has his much-smaller US Airways Reverse Merging into American Airlines
—American's Management Never Wanted Merger. Until they were blindsided by Parker's private deal with its own labor unions, American's middle- and top-level managers were vehemently opposed to a combination with US Airways. They publicly suggested that Parker was delusional and privately dished him as "the ugly girl," a term first used in 2010 by then-Continental chief executive Jeff Smisek to woo United Airlines away from US Airways. Their subsequent support of the merger has been legally proper and publicly appropriate— but hardly enthusiastic or even particularly upbeat.
—American is Prospering in Bankruptcy. After shedding a generation of high costs, burdensome debt and unfavorable union contracts, American has been flying high since it filed for Chapter 11 on November 30, 2011. It recorded its best second quarter in history and put out giddy statements after a sterling showing in July. "We are completing one of the most successful turnarounds in aviation history. We are building a strong, competitive and profitable new American poised to lead again,” Horton crowed.
—American Can Go It Alone. Although a stand-alone American would be smaller than United Airlines and Delta Air Lines it would also be a formidable global player.
It's got a $6 billion war chest, bankruptcy-aided lower costs and hundreds of new aircraft in the pipeline. Its Miami hub dominates US-Latin America travel, its Dallas/Fort Worth hub is strong and it is competitive in New York, Chicago and Los Angeles.
It and joint-venture partner British Airways dominate U.S.-U.K. routes, the world's most profitable international runs. And via the Oneworld Alliance, American has strong links with Qantas, the big dog in Australia; two strong Asian carriers (Cathay Pacific and Japan Airlines); the dominant carrier in Latin America (LAN); and access to continental European hubs via Iberia of Spain, Air Berlin and Finnair. Oneworld is also adding Qatar Airways, one of the fast growing Gulf Coast upstarts.
It would be Doug Parker's worst nightmare and a dream come true for those of us who believe more independent competitors is good for our lives on the road. Link to Article
Lawsuit Filed Against American Airlines and US Airways Merger
The United States of America, acting under the direction of the Attorney General of the United States, and the States of Arizona, Florida, Tennessee, Texas, the Commonwealths of Pennsylvania and Virginia, and the District of Columbia (“Plaintiff States”), acting by and through their respective Attorneys General, bring this civil action under federal antitrust law to enjoin the planned merger of two of the nation’s five major airlines, US Airways Group, Inc. (“US Airways”) and AMR Corporation (“American”), and to obtain equitable and other relief as appropriate.
In November 2011, American filed for bankruptcy reorganization and is currently under the supervision of the Bankruptcy Court for the Southern District of New York. American adopted and implemented a standalone business plan designed “to restore American to industry leadership, profitability and growth.”
While in bankruptcy, American management “pursued and successfully implemented” key provisions of this plan, including revenue and network enhancements, as well as “restructuring efforts that have encompassed labor cost savings, managerial efficiencies, fleet reconfiguration, and other economies .” That work has paid off. American reported that its revenue growth has “outpaced” the industry since entering bankruptcy and in its most recent quarterly results reported a company record-high $5.6 billion in revenues, with $357 million in profits. Under experienced and sophisticated senior management, American’s restructuring process has positioned it to produce “industry leading profitability.”
As recently as January 8, 2013, American’s management presented plans to emerge from bankruptcy that would increase the destinations American serves in the United States and the frequency of its flights, and position American to compete independently as a profitable airline with aggressive plans for growth.
American Airlines is currently operating in bankruptcy. Absent the merger, American is likely to exit bankruptcy as a vigorous competitor, with strong incentives to grow to better compete with Delta and United, the department said. American recently made the largest aircraft order in industry history, and its post-bankruptcy standalone plan called for increasing both the number of flights and the number of destinations served by those flights at each of its hubs.
The department’s complaint describes US Airways executives’ fear of American’s standalone growth plan as “industry destabilizing.” The complaint states that US Airways worries that American’s growth plan would cause “others” to react “with their own enhanced growth plans…,” and that the resulting effect would increase competitive pressures throughout the industry. The department said the merger will allow US Airways’ management to abandon these aggressive growth plans and continue the industry’s current trend toward higher prices and less service.
The department’s complaint states that executives of both airlines have repeatedly said that they do not need the merger to succeed. The complaint states that US Airways’ CEO observed in December 2011, that “American is not going away, they will be stronger post-bankruptcy because they will have less debt and reduced labor costs.” US Airways’ executive vice president wrote in July 2012, that, “There is NO question about AMR’s ability to survive on a standalone basis.” And, as recently as January 2013, American’s management presented plans that would increase the destinations it serves in the United States and the frequency of its flights, and would position American to compete independently as a profitable airline with aggressive plans for growth.Link to Entire Text of Lawsuit