Doug Parker Wants to Fly Delta
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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