Doug Parker Wants to Fly Delta

The US Airways CEO wants to take over Delta Air Lines while it's in bankruptcy. But Delta's boss has other ideas

Doug Parker is nothing if not practical. The now-44-year-old airline executive assumed the top spot at struggling America West Airlines in 2001, just before September 11. During the difficult weeks that followed, Parker jumped on a government offer to provide low-cost financing to keep his airline aloft and began charging passengers for meals, a first in the industry. By last year, Parker's company was not just a survivor—it was an acquirer, snapping up much-larger US Airways Group (LCC) in bankruptcy court.

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