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American Airlines’ New Boss Will Mostly Look Like the Old Boss

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American Airlines Group Inc.’s strategy is almost certain to remain the same when Robert Isom becomes chief executive officer next year, given his two decades alongside the man who ran the company and its two predecessor carriers.

While that continuity may ease investor concern about upheaval amid a choppy recovery from a global pandemic, it could cement the notion that if one of the world’s largest airlines requires an overhaul, Isom won’t be a change agent.