Route to bankruptcy

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.

Weather software developed by NASA helps American save fuel

Andrea Ahles / Star-Telegram

A new weather software program is helping American Airlines reroute flights around severe weather while still getting passengers to their destinations in a timely fashion.

2 flights make emergency landings at DFW airport

American Airlines says two flights that originated in Dallas had to make emergency landings two minutes apart because of unrelated mechanical problems.

Cracked windshield forces jet to land in Wichita

A 50-seat jet flying to Dallas was forced to land in Wichita after its windshield cracked.

American, flight attendants union reach tentative contract

Details were not released, but the union’s president calls the agreement an industry-leading contract among major airlines.

Gate agents, service reps vote to join union at American Airlines

The National Mediation Board’s decision opens the way for negotiations on a joint contract for pilots from American Airlines and US Airways.

Retired flight attendants sue American over travel benefits

A lawsuit filed in a Chicago court says changes in travel benefits put retirees behind 500,000 others for free flights.

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