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.

Airline delays, cancellations rise from last year

American Airlines file art

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American Airlines and its regional carrier, Envoy, struggled with challenging weather at several hubs.

American’s traffic dips while Southwest’s numbers grow

American said it expects total capacity to be up 2.2 percent compared to 2013 as it adds larger aircraft to the fleet.

Envoy Air to shutter Miami crew base as American shifts flying

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.

American announces plan to fly from DFW to Beijing

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.

Flight attendants pact includes raises but not profit-sharing

The tentative agreement would cover 24,000 flight attendants at American Airlines and US Airways.

Weather software developed by NASA helps American save fuel

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.

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