American Airlines, US Airways and the Creation of the World’s Largest Airline

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About the Book

The 2013 merger of American Airlines and US Airways marked a major step in the consolidation of the U.S. airline industry. A young management team that began plotting mergers a decade earlier designed a brilliant strategy to seize an industry prize. In doing so, it enlisted the help of unions who engineered one of the labor movement’s biggest corporate victories. The airlines’ histories and the inside story of the takeover is told by two veteran airline reporters.

About the Author(s)

Ted Reed is a transportation reporter for TheStreet.com. He was formerly a Miami Herald business reporter. He lives in Charlotte, North Carolina.
Communications consultant Dan Reed has covered American Airlines for The Fort Worth Star-Telegram and USA Today. He lives in Fort Worth, Texas.

Bibliographic Details

Ted Reed and Dan Reed
Format: softcover (7 x 10)
Pages: 212
Bibliographic Info: 44 photos, notes, bibliography, index
Copyright Date: 2014
pISBN: 978-0-7864-7783-8
eISBN: 978-1-4766-1775-6
Imprint: McFarland

Table of Contents

Table of Contents


Preface by Ted Reed  1

Introduction  3

1. Uncle Ed Builds an Airline  5

2. Call Me Butch  16

3. Teaching an Eagle to Fly  26

4. Al Casey’s Five Big Decisions  38

5. Our Son of a Bitch  48

6. How Bob Crandall Changed the Airline Industry  56

7. America West: The Little Airline That Could  63

8. The House That Jerry Built  73

9. How Stephen Wolf Almost Fixed US Airways  84

10. Plan B as in Bankruptcy  95

11. America West Looks East  104

12. The Delta Debacle  113

13. The War Between East and West  121

14. A Tough Act to Follow  131

15. A Moral Man Loses a Battle  141

16. Labor Takes the Lead  152

17. Let’s Meet for Dinner  162

18. Hey, What About Us?  171

19. Breaking Down the Doors  179

Chapter Notes  189

Bibliography  197

Index  199