|Quoting AWACSooner (Reply 62):|
So, AA is basically polishing a turd and trying to convince us it's a new and improved product, is that what I'm reading from all these replies? Oh and DUI-Doug = Smisek 2.0?
I'm going to give Parker & Co. the benefit of the doubt for a while, for two reasosns.
First, US's management team told AA
's unions, when lining up support for the merger, that the US route structure didn't support offering the AA
service, both hard and soft. AA
has far more premium routes, and the combined carrier had the abiliity to expand AA
's service to US routes.
Now, it's easy to say what the unions want to hear, and then ignore those pledges and promises. But, that makes for bad labor relations. Part of the reason the unions supported Parker was that they believed that US had better relations with its unions (forget the pilot senority issue, since that was between the US and HP
pilots) than AA
did. Backtrack on the pledge to maintain AA
service, and then every labor issue, including contract negotiations, looks like the old AA
Second, Parker got his start at AA
and has worked in the airline industry his entire life. Smisek was a securities lawyer, before he went to work for CO
, first in the legal department as general counsel, then as COO and president. Practicing law for 20 some years doesn't teach a person one thing about running an airline and making passengers happy.
About the only lawyer who has been a passenger-focused airline executive is Herb Kelleher.