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Doug Parker Flies Southwest and Gets Into a Conversation About Race

Doug Parker Flies Southwest and Gets Into a Conversation About Race

Old Jun 1, 20, 10:20 am
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Doug Parker Flies Southwest and Gets Into a Conversation About Race

https://viewfromthewing.com/doug-par...ion-about-race

First saw this posted in the WN forum, believe it is required reading for those of us who are no fans of Dougie as AAL's CEO, but perhaps should respect him as a person.
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Old Jun 1, 20, 9:33 pm
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I wonder why he was flying Southwest?
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Old Jun 1, 20, 9:41 pm
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Originally Posted by Gringa View Post
I wonder why he was flying Southwest?
He said that AA flights were sold out
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Old Jun 1, 20, 11:32 pm
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Originally Posted by diver858 View Post
https://viewfromthewing.com/doug-par...ion-about-race

First saw this posted in the WN forum, believe it is required reading for those of us who are no fans of Dougie as AAL's CEO, but perhaps should respect him as a person.
My opinion of DP just went up quite a few pegs!
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Old Jun 2, 20, 12:09 am
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Wonder why flying SW, as a senior executive no one except an FAA performing one of their duties could kick him off the jumpseat. Probably afraid an AA captain wouldnt let him
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Old Jun 2, 20, 2:26 am
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Originally Posted by Falconkidding View Post
Wonder why flying SW, as a senior executive no one except an FAA performing one of their duties could kick him off the jumpseat. Probably afraid an AA captain wouldnt let him
It may have been timing. Full flights isnt the only issue. Nowadays it generally takes a forced overnight to go from NYC to AUS/SAT! Departing from JFK required going via LAX, EWR/LGA could go via DFW, but all required an overnight for weekday departures.
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They did a follow-up story here, which is Doug's side of the interaction:
https://viewfromthewing.com/doug-par...wQeaejSMI45TR8

It also explains:
He explains why he was on Southwest Airlines in the first place, “I needed to get to Panama City, FL and all of our seats were sold out!” It was kind of him not to bump a passenger.
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just wondering why the rush was to get to Panama City in the first place?.... I am sure it had nothing to do with anything AA related
and it was kind of him not to bump a passenger? really Mr. Parker..? you know there is something called a jump seat?

but I digress... its because SouthWest, has better seats/ and they offer drinks and a snack.. something AA seems to be lacking at this moment..
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Old Jun 2, 20, 6:58 am
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Originally Posted by fotographer View Post
just wondering why the rush was to get to Panama City in the first place?.... I am sure it had nothing to do with anything AA related
and it was kind of him not to bump a passenger? really Mr. Parker..? you know there is something called a jump seat?
To me it’s really none of anyone’s business. It doesn’t take a Rhodes scholar to see the many reasons why there could be need to travel that aren’t related to his day job. Perhaps he wanted to leave the JS for commuters or simply didn’t want to travel and have a game face on. Again, the reasons aren’t anyone’s business. Heck, Herb Kelleher was known to fly AA when he needed to go somewhere that wasn’t on his own metal.


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but I digress... its because SouthWest, has better seats/ and they offer drinks and a snack.. something AA seems to be lacking at this moment ..
if you’re fixating on a 1/2 ounce bag of pretzels all I can say Is that fine, but you’re missing the genuine emotions of the interaction and the larger message everyone could learn from.
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Old Jun 2, 20, 7:11 am
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Originally Posted by fotographer View Post
just wondering why the rush was to get to Panama City in the first place?.... I am sure it had nothing to do with anything AA related
and it was kind of him not to bump a passenger? really Mr. Parker..? you know there is something called a jump seat?

but I digress... its because SouthWest, has better seats/ and they offer drinks and a snack.. something AA seems to be lacking at this moment..
Do you ask this question of every AA employee travelling on a different airline?
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Originally Posted by Gringa View Post
I wonder why he was flying Southwest?
Perhaps AA has been ‘enhanced’ to a level even DP doesn’t accept.
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I've been meaning to read the book. It is sold out on Amazon but I just ordered it. I ordered in paperback so that I can get the rest of my family to read it.
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The guy takes a lot of public criticism for the way he leads the company and operates the business, much of it deserved.
I wish stories & anecdotes like these were more the norm for him (like Herb K) instead of the exception.
But this displays a pretty pensive, dynamic & inspirational side to him. Hope to see more of it.
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Originally Posted by fotographer View Post
you know there is something called a jump seat?
Is he jumpseat qualified?
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Originally Posted by fotographer View Post
just wondering why the rush was to get to Panama City in the first place?.... I am sure it had nothing to do with anything AA related
and it was kind of him not to bump a passenger? really Mr. Parker..? you know there is something called a jump seat?

but I digress... its because SouthWest, has better seats/ and they offer drinks and a snack.. something AA seems to be lacking at this moment..
WN stopped drink/snack service.
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