WASHINGTON, Sept. 8, 2015 – Airlines for America (A4A), the industry trade organization for the leading U.S. airlines, today announced that Doug Parker, chairman and CEO of American Airlines, will become the chairman of the A4A board of directors, effectively immediately.
“Doug has been a tireless advocate for the airline industry, its customers and its employees, and we look forward to working with him in his new role,” said A4A President and CEO Nicholas E. Calio
Calio thanked former United Continental Holdings Chairman, President and CEO Jeffery Smisek for his service to the airline industry and the A4A board of directors both as a director, and most recently as chairman of the board, and welcomed incoming United CEO and President Oscar Munoz, who will join the A4A board.
“We thank Jeff for his years of service to the industry and its trade association and appreciate his insight and leadership as chairman of the A4A board,” Calio said. “We look forward to having Oscar Munoz join our board. He has considerable transportation experience and will be a great addition.”
Annually, commercial aviation helps drive $1.5 trillion in U.S. economic activity and more than 10 million U.S. jobs. U.S. airlines fly 2.4 million passengers and more than 58,000 tons of cargo each day. Airlines for America (A4A) advocates on behalf of the American airline industry as a model of safety, customer service and environmental responsibility and as the indispensable network that drives our nation’s economy and global competitiveness.
A4A works collaboratively with the airlines, labor, Congress, the Administration and other groups to improve aviation for the traveling and shipping public.