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.
The price for the divested slots at Reagan National and LaGuardia airports, required by an antitrust settlement with the government, was much higher than expected.
The Air Line Pilots Association’s master executive council reversed an earlier decision to reject the proposed 10-year contract, which includes pay freezes until 2018, without a vote.
The Embraer 145, carrying 45 passengers and three crew members on a flight from DFW to Moline, Ill., on Wednesday night, was diverted to a small airport in Greenville after smoke was reported in the cabin.
The US Airline Pilots Association wants a federal arbiter to determine the process for integrating seniority lists with the Allied Pilots Association.
US Airways flight attendants will now be represented by the Association of Professional Flight Attendants.
American Airlines has ended its policy of extending special fares to passengers who must book a last-minute flight because of a relatives death.
National Security Agency contractor Edward Snowden came across as determined and defiant in a videoconference interview conducted at South by Southwest Interactive Monday morning.