Retired American Airlines CEO Bob Crandall has a video message to American pilots on a potential merger with US Airways.
He says he favors the concept of a merger which makes American the largest carrier in the world again.
But I read him as arguing against a merger, or giving pilots a reason to change their minds about the desirability of a merger.
He says a merger is great only if there’s a pilot seniority integration agreement in place first and that it needs to include all the pilot work groups of US Airways West (former America West pilots), US Airways East (US Airways legacy pilots), and American pilots.
The warning here is that the merger will mean closing pilot bases, opening other ones. Pilots will have to move, some pilots will wind up flying smaller aircraft.
Whereas if American didn’t merge, current American pilots get to fly all the cool new planes that American has on order.
Anyone disagree with my read, that Crandall’s pitch for a merger is a pitch against the merger?
(HT: Airline Biz Blog)