As you’ll note by the item down lower in the blog, industry economist Dan Akins testified on behalf of the Association of Professional Flight Attendants that American Airlines’ business plan has severe deficiencies. Thursday evening, American spokesman Bruce Hicks offered these responses:

In defense of American’s network as proposed in the business plan:

“We are confident in American’s business plan, which is designed to significantly improve our domestic and international network through the ability to better match aircraft size to market demand, more flexibility to use regional aircraft and domestic codeshare agreements feeding our key hubs, and increased international flying.

“Our stronger network and reduced costs will allow for more investments in our products, providing a greatly enhanced experience for our customers.”

In defense of the business plan itself:

“American’s business plan is built to ensure lasting profitability by achieving a $3 billion annual improvement in performance by 2017. Through the plan, American will again be a successful, competitive airline, providing quality jobs for tens of thousands of our employees and a high-quality product for our customers.

“With revenue improvements and cost savings called for in the business plan, American will be able to take advantage of growth opportunities matching demand in our strongest performing hubs, focused on international markets.”

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