The spread of the more contagious delta variant of COVID-19 has again disrupted travel plans and the recent summer rebound. Washington Post economics correspondent Heather Long spoke with Doug Parker, American Airlines chair and CEO, about how the carrier is keeping its passengers and employees safe, its efforts to address the environmental cost of flying and the future of the travel industry.

Highlights

American Airlines chair and CEO Doug Parker — making it clear it was his own opinion and not that of American Airlines — said he agrees with the Biden administration that “high-net worth individuals” should pay higher taxes. “Yeah, I’m certainly happy to pay more…Those of us who can afford to pay more, I think, have an obligation to be willing to do so if it helps the country move forward.” (Washington Post Live)
The Justice Department is preparing to file a lawsuit challenging American Airline’s partnership with JetBlue on antitrust grounds. American Airlines chair and CEO Doug Parker says the Justice Department’s potential lawsuit is “ill-founded.” “They’re wrong, and we’ll prove it.” (Washington Post Live)
The Biden administration recently announced that it will soon allow vaccinated foreign travelers into the country. American Airlines chair and CEO Doug Parker says the announcement is one the airline industry has been waiting for. “It’s a good announcement for all of us. I think it will encourage more vaccinations.” (Washington Post Live)

Doug Parker

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Doug Parker was named Chairman and Chief Executive Officer in 2013. He oversees American Airlines Group and American Airlines, its principal subsidiary company. Doug is a strong supporter of the people of the airline industry and American is emblematic of the transformation that has occurred in the industry in recent years. Previously, Doug was Chairman and CEO of US Airways. Doug is on the board of Airlines for America and also sits on the International Air Transport Association Board of Governors and oneworld Governing Board. He is also a member of the Vanderbilt University Board of Trust and the SMU Cox School of Business Executive Board. Doug earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in economics from Albion College in 1984 and a Master of Business Administration degree from Vanderbilt University in 1986.