American pilots denounce CEO, citing missed White House meeting

February 15, 2017 02:23
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NEW YORK - Pilots at American Airlines Group Inc denounced the carrier's chief executive officer, Doug Parker, on Tuesday, citing his decision last week to skip a meeting with US President Donald Trump.

The pilots' union, the Allied Pilots Association (APA), issued a symbolic vote of "no-confidence" in Parker's leadership abilities. It also cited lagging pay increases compared to pilots at other carriers and "questionable economic and strategic decisions."

American Airlines spokesman Matt Miller said in a statement that the union and the airline share the same goal and that they "have a solid foundation in place upon which to build."

"Therefore, further public dialog serves no purpose," Miller said.

American had said at the time of the White House meeting that Parker's decision not to meet with Trump and other airline executives was due to a previously scheduled leadership conference.

At a picture-taking session on Thursday just ahead of the meeting, Trump called the US air traffic control system out of date and criticized its cost. After the meeting, Airports Council International-North America President and CEO Kevin Burke said airport officials had urged Trump to lift the cap on airport passenger fees to address airport infrastructure needs.

"We've watched Mr. Parker and his team being out-managed by our competitors' executives and have lost trust in their ability to lead and protect the interests of American Airlines employees and shareholders," the APA said in a statement.

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