Leahy, Kirby headline “Plane Truths” conference in Chicago Sept. 11-12

July 24, 2018, © Leeham News: John Leahy, who retired in January after 33 years at Airbus, and Scott Kirby, president of United Airlines, headline the Leeham Co. and Airfinance Journal conference, Plane Truths: The Next 12 Months,… Read More

Pontifications: Twelve Years of Turbulence at American Airlines

Jan. 22, 2018, © Leeham Co.: American Airlines was the last of the big US legacy carriers to enter bankruptcy, in 2011. Executives put up a valiant battle to avoid being dragged into Chapter 11, despite having two… Read More

Will United’s new president open door for Airbus?

Aug. 30, 2016, © Leeham Co.: Will Scott Kirby’s move from president of American Airlines to the same position at United Airlines lead to a major shift in fleet acquisition at the Chicago-based carrier? This is an intriguing… Read More

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

American Airlines, US Airways and the Creation of the World’s Largest Airline, By Ted Reed and Dan Reed, c.2014. Publisher: McFarland (website), 800-253-2187. $39.95 on Amazon. This is the first book about the merger of American Airlines and… Read More

US Airways Execs talk to us about fleet plans, change fees and the AA livery

We had the opportunity to sit down for a one-on-two interview with Scott Kirby, President of US Airways, and Derek Kerr, EVP and CFO, during the annual media day. We covered labor, fleet planning, change fees and the… Read More

US Airways Media Day-Part 1

We’re at the US Airways Media Day and we’ll provide updates throughout the day. First up is Doug Parker, CEO of US Airways and the new CEO of American Airlines when the merger is consummated. Doug Parker: This… Read More