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American Airlines Files For Bankruptcy

AMR, the parent company of American Airlines, announced November 29, 2011 that they filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy in the Southern District of New York. The company said that in the first nine months of 2011, they lost $868 million and project that they will lose around $1.1 billion by years end. AMR, a Fort-Worth based company, listed $24.7 billion in assets and $29.6 billion in debt in their bankruptcy Schedules.

An article in the Financial Times says “the move brings to end a nearly decade-long effort to avoid Chapter 11. In 2003, American chose to avoid bankruptcy, while its rivals used the process to shed their pension plans and reduce structural costs, leaving it at a substantial disadvantage.”

The company’s CEO, Gerard Arpey, was not in favor of the company filing for bankruptcy. In fact, he had spoken out several times saying that he did not want AMR to file for bankruptcy. So he retired. Tom Horton, previously the company’s president, will now step in as the new CEO.

For now, American Airlines says that they will continue normal business operations. Flights will go on as scheduled, and tickets will be honored as usual. Employees, their paychecks and benefits will also not be affected, at least not right away.

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