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American CEO: “We made a lot of progress integrating our airline”

Brandon Wade

In a letter to employees, American Airlines chief executive Doug Parker said the airline’s strong financial performance is partly due to American and US Airways coming together as one airline.

Parker noted that American has “made a lot of progress integrating our airline,” as it achieved its single operating certificate in the second quarter and recently began combining its two reservation systems.

“Even after we have one reservation system, we will still have much more to do. Single contracts for workgroups who haven’t yet reached them, integrated seniority lists and moving to a single Flight Operating System are just a few of the tasks that remain. But if the first two quarters in 2015 are any indication, we are more than up for the challenge,” he wrote.

Keep reading for the full letter from Parker.

Jetwire Message

Dear Fellow Team Members,

Today we reported a second quarter 2015 net profit of $1.9 billion excluding special charges – the highest quarterly profit in the history of American Airlines. That type of strong financial performance is in large part due to your hard work, coming together as one team.

In addition to producing strong financial results, we made a lot of progress integrating our airline. We now have our single operating certificate from the FAA, a key milestone in becoming one airline. We celebrated our Annual Chairman’s Award winners for their exemplary leadership and our 2015 Earl G. Graves Award winners for their help in making American a more inclusive place to work. We also kicked off a system-wide renovation of our Admirals Club lounges, which is just one part of our $2 billion product investment. And if that wasn’t enough, the Boeing 787 Dreamliner launched into revenue service, bringing an entirely new fleet type to our airline.

The first half of the year has been extraordinary, and we’re going to accomplish even more in the second half. Last week the clock started ticking toward the biggest merger milestone yet, when we switch to one reservation system on Oct. 17. This past weekend our reservations team began booking all travel that occurs on or after Oct. 17 on American and through American’s reservation system, Sabre. For our customers, that will be the day we become one airline. The US code will go away, and every one of our flights will operate as American Airlines. Our airports and reservations will be using the same reservation system, which means policies and procedures will be aligned.

Even after we have one reservation system, we will still have much more to do. Single contracts for workgroups who haven’t yet reached them, integrated seniority lists and moving to a single Flight Operating System are just a few of the tasks that remain. But if the first two quarters in 2015 are any indication, we are more than up for the challenge.

This is one of the most important years in the history of American Airlines. Thank you for the solid foundation you’ve built, and for getting us ready for all we have yet to accomplish together.

Doug

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