A group of American Airlines pilots have thrown down the gauntlet: it time, they say, for CEO Doug Parker to step aside.
15,000 American Airlines pilots are represented by the Allied Pilots Association (APA). Each pilot domicile has its own sub-organization. Pilots in the APA’s Philadelphia base have now publicly called for Parker to step down. The base has 1,400 members.
In a resolution adapted Tuesday, APA Philadelphia said:
It’s in the best interest of the American Airlines shareholders, employees, communities it serves, and the traveling public for Doug Parker and his management team to be replaced..
Pilot have lost confidence in Doug Parker and his management team’s ability to successfully lead and manage American Airlines and have lost faith in their ability to provide long term job security for the employees, consistent financial returns for its investors, and most importantly enjoyable, reliable service for our customers.
The national APA organization was not willing to go quite so far. A spokesperson told Forbes:
“This is the Philadelphia pilots showing frustration that exists across the system.
“For now, our national leadership is calling for the repair of American Airlines and our relationship. That is why our current negotiations are so important. Our passengers deserve a better airline and so do our employees.”
You could say this is just one subgroup of one organization which has a vested interest in shaking up management in order to extract the greatest concession in the midst of ongoing and protracted contract negotiations. But to do so would downplay the tensions that undergird practically everything at American Airlines right now. That does indeed have a spillover effect in operations, customer service, and ultimately profits.
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