On Wednesday morning, AMR Chief Financial Officer Bella Goren conducted several
. She told
the results are due primarily to improved revenue and "reflect only a fraction of our restructuring process."
Parker spoke in the early afternoon. Within minutes of his conclusion, AMR released a statement declaring "today's excellent results demonstrate that the new American is performing extremely well," and noting that its merger evaluation "will be a disciplined process guided by the facts and will not be influenced by baseless rhetoric."
American has said repeatedly that it wants to consider a merger after it restructures in bankruptcy. "It is always best that we put our house in order before considering something like a complex and challenging airline acquisition," Horton said, in a recent interview with
The Dallas Morning News
"It's similar to a situation I faced at
" said Horton, who presided over the phone company's restructuring in the early 2000s. "We had a lot of work to do before the company was properly prepared to participate in consolidations."
On Wednesday, Parker said bankruptcy is, in fact, the best place to effect a merger. Chapter 11 enables terminations or cost reductions involving airport space, aircraft leases, vendors and credit card partners.
"American got itself into this situation in part because they were singularly focused on fixing internal issues and thought the world would stand by while they did," he said.
Besides, Parker said, "US Airways is here now, and we are ready to do this now -- there is no guarantee that will be the case forever." In the past, he has said that Delta and United might also seek to merge with US Airways. In either case, AMR would be deprived of the opportunity to grow dramatically in the eastern U.S, where it has a minimal presence and no obvious path, beyond a US Airways merger, to build a major one.
-- Written by Ted Reed in Charlotte, N.C.
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