AMR Corp.’s American Airlines, whose bankruptcy made it a possible takeover target, may try to buy a rival after leaving Chapter 11 as the U.S. industry shrinks, Chief Executive Officer Tom Horton said.
American Airlines parent AMR Corp. filed for bankruptcy after failing to secure cost-cutting labor agreements and sitting out a round of mergers that dropped it from the world’s largest airline to No. 3 in the U.S.
AMR Corp. Chief Executive Officer Tom Horton kept pitching himself to be CEO in a merger with US Airways Group Inc. until the end of January, when his bankruptcy creditors firmly said no, people familiar with the matter said.
Doug Parker, returning to the carrier where he began his career, has a vision: He sees American Airlines vaulting to the top of the industry’s major financial benchmarks just three years after the merger he orchestrated with US Airways Group Inc.
American Airlines pilot union leaders remained steadfast in backing a merger with US Airways Group Inc. after a meeting in which Chief Executive Officer Tom Horton outlined his plan for a stand-alone exit from bankruptcy.