July 13, 2012 | By Shawn Bullard | email@example.com
Doug Parker, chairman and CEO of US Airways, will discuss the state of the airline industry and the impact of mergers during a National Press Club luncheon on July 18. He will focus on US Airways’ effort to merge with American Airlines.
Parker’s remarks follow an announcement this week by AMR chairman and CEO Tom Horton that American Airlines would now weigh merger proposals. This marked a change in attitude for management at the Dallas-based airline. American previously had said that its goal was to remain as a stand-alone carrier and if it entertained merger proposals, it would wait until it completed its bankruptcy reorganization.
US Airways has gained the support of American Airlines’ three unions and has wooed creditors with the message that a US Airways/American combination would create the No. 1 airline serving East Coast markets. Parker says that with a larger network of connections, a combined carrier would be in a better position to compete nationally and internationally with United and Delta airlines.
Parker became chairman and CEO of the Tempe, Ariz.-based US Airways following its merger with America West Airlines in September 2005. Before the merger, he was chairman, president and chief executive officer of America West Holdings Corporation. He began his career as an executive at American Airlines in the 1980s.
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