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American Airlines' Last-Mover Disadvantage
November 30, 2011 -- Bloomberg Businessweek


Stephen Selbst notes that all the major airlines -- except American -- reduced their wage-and-benefit costs years ago by having sought bankruptcy protection. Stephen says American and its parent company should have filed half a decade ago, on the heels of filings by Delta and Northwest. By filing now, after its competitors strengthened themselves by lowering direct and indirect employment costs, a bankrupt American is facing stronger competition.