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Rumor: Richard Anderson to replace CEO Doug Parker at AA

Rumor: Richard Anderson to replace CEO Doug Parker at AA

Old Jun 9, 20, 8:23 pm
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Rumor: Richard Anderson to replace CEO Doug Parker at AA

Rumor, Rumor!!

Can't you guys believe this? Richard Anderson is coming back to work for airlines again. He's the former Delta Air Lines. I'll believe it when it actually happens.

It will replace Doug Parker.

Let the speculation begin!
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Old Jun 9, 20, 8:30 pm
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Originally Posted by N830MH View Post
Rumor, Rumor!!

Can't you guys believe this? Richard Anderson is coming back to work for airlines again. He's the former Delta Air Lines. I'll believe it when it actually happens.

It will replace Doug Parker.

Let the speculation begin!
- Because Doug will be bringing OASIS to Amtrak?
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Old Jun 9, 20, 9:02 pm
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Well given how much Anderson <redacted> Amtrak, not sure if this is good or bad.
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Old Jun 9, 20, 9:20 pm
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I much rather keep the current Chairman than have the man that destroyed the NWA WP program running the show at AA.

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Old Jun 9, 20, 9:57 pm
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I saw this on a.net, but no one has a source.

​​​​​​Is this the same source?
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Old Jun 9, 20, 10:38 pm
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Originally Posted by Alex_I View Post
- Because Doug will be bringing OASIS to Amtrak?
Actually, Mr. Anderson used work for Amtrak before.
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Old Jun 9, 20, 11:04 pm
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Originally Posted by N830MH View Post
Actually, Mr. Anderson used work for Amtrak before.
- and that was the point. Amtrak could benefit from new ideas about cost cutting. Perhaps, shrinking bathrooms on the trains and using slim seats with less cushioning? More seats across across train cars? Too bad that they just got a new CEO...
I believe Mr Anderson was the Amtrak President and CEO from July 2017 till very recently. About that time (actually between 2016 and 2020) Amtrak received only (!) $8.1 billion from federal government to stay afloat. Is that the experience AA is looking for?
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Old Jun 10, 20, 12:21 am
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Originally Posted by Alex_I View Post
shrinking bathrooms on the trains and using slim seats with less cushioning? More seats across across train cars?
I think the laws of physics would prevent this.
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One can only hope. Honestly replacing Doug with anyone or anything would pretty much be an upgrade.
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Old Jun 10, 20, 8:36 am
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It's no wonder that the innovation capabilities of airlines is so limited given that they just trade around executives like they are baseball cards.
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Old Jun 10, 20, 11:49 am
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Originally Posted by PV_Premier View Post
It's no wonder that the innovation capabilities of airlines is so limited given that they just trade around executives like they are baseball cards.
AA's meat of the business is to fly 343,000 lbs metal tubes, which have a 48,000 gallons fuel tank that is burnt in order to be able to fly from point A to point B.

Flying means being cramped in a metal tube for hours, not matter how many MBA's in their 20s you bring in to innovate.
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Old Jun 10, 20, 2:44 pm
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Richard Anderson laid much of the foundation which enabled Delta to be successful over the past decade. I would support Anderson as AA's next CEO, if this rumor happens.

Originally Posted by GTITAN View Post
I much rather keep the current Chairman than have the man that destroyed the NWA WP program running the show at AA.

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The current chairman of AA essentially copied those frequent flier program cutbacks. I don't approve of Anderson's FF program cuts, but at least he gave Delta passengers some real enhancements in other areas, like operations, app features, and PTVs.
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Old Jun 10, 20, 3:31 pm
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Originally Posted by Alex_I View Post
- Because Doug will be bringing OASIS to Amtrak?
I must admit that is a good one!
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Old Jun 10, 20, 5:20 pm
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Originally Posted by IADCAflyer View Post
Well given how much Anderson <redacted> Amtrak, not sure if this is good or bad.
When he couldn't even spell his #2 priority, things were not looking good....

IME, I'm not sure anyone is going to fix Amtrak, so I'd lean more on his Delta days to evaluate how he'd to at AA.
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Old Jun 10, 20, 5:21 pm
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AA could only hope to have Anderson as its CEO.

When Anderson took over DL it was just emerging from bankruptcy and was an absolutely horrid airline. Under his tenure they invested in technologies that people want and that work. They upped their domestic in-flight service to best all other domestic carriers. They went from the fourth largest airline to the largest in the world. They had the best financial performance of any legacy carrier. Oh, and they improved to best of the legacies in operational performance.

The folks holding on to the pmNW view that DL ruined their airline are still holding on to what it was to be an airline pre-9/11.
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