American Airlines Is on the Wrong Flight Path

A US Airways plane takes off behind American Airlines planes at Ronald Reagan National Airport Photograph by Andrew Harrer/Bloomberg

When American Airlines filed for bankruptcy last November, the thought was the company would try to shed workers and costs. This April, American revealed its plans: cutting 13,000 employees, eliminating its pension plans, and reducing health benefits. This provoked, not surprisingly, strong resistance from the unions, which included demonstrations at airports and the company’s annual meeting and also a move to get US Airways to make a bid for the carrier.

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