Skift Airline Weekly Lounge

Airline Weekly Lounge Episode 19: American Air CEO Interview

December 9, 2015

Shouldn’t Doug Parker be dancing in the end zone? He is, after all, the CEO of a mega-airline with mega-profits at a time of economic strength and falling fuel prices. But even this airline has challenges. In this week’s episode, we ask him how American plans to remain a profit champion in the face of new and growing competitive threats. As it happened, the interview coincided with the big announcement of American's plan for an international premium economy class, a first among the U.S. Big Three. We asked about that, as well as Parker's thoughts on alliances, fuel hedging, Gulf carriers, the big upcoming changes to the AAdvantage frequent flier plan and much more.