American Airlines leadership recognizes the gap isn't shrinking between itself and a chief rival in key financial metrics.
AA blames the max but also blames itself on a bunch of other important metrics including operational reliability, huge difference in PRASM, and other things
Specifically, Parker pointed to the gap between American and Delta Air Lines Inc. (NYSE: DAL) in unit revenue. Passenger revenue per available seat mile, PRASM, is a key financial metric in the airline industry, and the value is calculated by dividing passenger revenue by available seat miles.
The gap between Delta and American had begun to narrow since American and US Airways merged in 2013. It is now "starting to widen the last six quarters, and that's not what we should be doing," Parker said. "We should be narrowing that gap, not widening it."
million dollar question is, can they narrow the gap or even overtake DL or is DL to focused and disciplined an airline for that to happen
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