In his quarterly message to employees, American Airlines chief executive Doug Parker said the biggest integration tasks for the merger between American and US Airways lie ahead.
Next year, the Fort Worth-based carrier hopes to achieve its single operating certificate and combine its reservations systems.
"But what we have accomplished so far gives us confidence that we are on the right track together," Parker wrote.
Keep reading for the full letter from Parker.
A Message from Doug Parker
American Airlines Group Reports Record Third Quarter Profit
Dear Fellow Team Members,
Today we announced a third quarter profit of $1.2 billion excluding special charges. These outstanding results can be attributed to the hard work that you all do for our customers every day, and I thank you for those efforts.
The third quarter was not without some challenges; events like the hurricane in Cabo San Lucas and the disruption to Midwest flying caused by the fire at the FAA facility near Chicago added complexity to an already complicated operation and integration. Our team stepped up and managed those challenges extremely well and did a great job of taking care of our customers.
As we approach the end of the year, what the American team has accomplished is phenomenal. We’ve co-
located operations in more than 80 airports. We’ve re-banked the MIA schedule to increase the number of available connections for our customers, and we’re preparing to do the same at DFW and ORD. Just this week, the Cargo department became the first operational part of the airline to fully merge. Most importantly, our teams are working well together in support of our collective goal to build the greatest airline in the world.
The pace of the integration will pick up even more in the year ahead. It will be exciting, but also challenging. As you know, some of the biggest tasks in our integration still lie before us, including achieving one single operating certificate and combining our reservations systems. But what we have accomplished so far gives us confidence that we are on the right track together. Thanks for all you’ve done and continue to do – we are well on our way to restoring American as the world’s greatest airline.