Events outside American Airlines' control ultimately pushed the Fort Worth-based carrier into bankruptcy, but it was decisions by company executives that paved the way by leaving American outmaneuvered, analysts and experts say. Here are three turning points on the way to the Nov. 29 filing.
Market forces: Higher labor costs, a global economic slowdown, high fuel prices and a credit downgrade were factors in the board's decision to declare bankruptcy.
Executive pay/morale: "Pull Together -- Win Together" dissolved amid millions in stock bonuses that destroyed good will between executives and rank-and-file employees.
Strategic decisions: American delayed upgrading to a newer, more efficient fleet, and declined to pursue a merger, even as other airlines did.
US Airways’ Dividend Miles program will be folded into American’s AAdvantage and travelers will continue to earn points for the number of miles flown.
American Airlines and its regional carrier, Envoy, struggled with challenging weather at several hubs.
American said it expects total capacity to be up 2.2 percent compared to 2013 as it adds larger aircraft to the fleet.
The American Airlines regional subsidiary will cut 50 positions in Miami as American shifts regional flying from 50-seat planes operated by Envoy to 76-seaters operated by another carrier.
The Fort Worth-based carrier has applied to the Department of Transportation for approval to add direct service from Dallas/Fort Worth Airport to China’s capital city.
The tentative agreement would cover 24,000 flight attendants at American Airlines and US Airways.