American Airlines parent company AMR has filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection, the company said Tuesday.
AMR said American Airlines, American Eagle and all other subsidiaries will honor all tickets and reservations and operate normal flight schedules during the bankruptcy filing process, using its $4.1 billion in cash.
Thomas W. Horton, Chairman, Chief Executive Officer and President of AMR and American Airlines said the following in a statement released to the press:
â€œThis was a difficult decision, but it is the necessary and right path for us to take â€“ and take now â€“ to become a more efficient, financially stronger, and competitive airline.
â€œWe have met our challenges head on, taking all possible action to secure our long-term position. In recent years, even as the airline industry faced unprecedented challenges, American strengthened our domestic and global network; fortified our alliances with the best partners around the world; launched a transformational fleet deal that will give American the youngest and most efficient fleet in the industry; and invested in our product, service and technology to build a world class customer experience.
â€œBut as we have made clear with increasing urgency in recent weeks, we must address our cost structure, including labor costs, to enable us to capitalize on these foundational strengths and secure our future. Our very substantial cost disadvantage compared to our larger competitors, all of which restructured their costs and debt through Chapter 11, has become increasingly untenable given the accelerating impact of global economic uncertainty and resulting revenue instability, volatile and rising fuel prices, and intensifying competitive challenges."READ FULL CNNMONEY.COM STORY