US Airways CEO Doug Parker: New normal includes ala carte service fees and fewer carriers

March 14, 2012

Doug Parker is chairman and CEO of US Airways. In a speech at the Economic Club of Phoenix, Parker surveyed the state of the airline industry as the economy slowly recovers. Consolidation has reduced carriers to the "right" number, and feesare now part of a new normal. He also traced the America West/US Airways story – which he termed “remarkable.” The Economic Club of Phoenix is a forum for the discussion of economic and business issues among academic, business, labor and public sectors in the Phoenix area. Doug Parker's Slides



Doug Parker is chairman and chief executive officer of US Airways Group, Inc. and US Airways, its principal subsidiary company. He is based at the airline’s headquarters in Tempe, Ariz.

Parker became chairman and CEO following the merger of US Airways and America West Airlines in September 2005. Prior to the merger, he was chairman, president and chief executive officer of America West Holdings Corporation. Parker joined America West in June 1995 as senior vice president and chief financial officer and was elected chairman, president and chief executive officer in September 2001.

Prior to joining America West, Parker spent four years with Northwest Airlines as vice president and assistant treasurer, and vice president of financial planning and analysis. From 1986 to 1991, he held a number of financial management positions with American Airlines.

Speakers who present at Economic Club of Phoenix events receive a kachina in thanks from the W. P.Carey School of Business. Club President Robert Royal presented the Red Tail Hawk kachina to Parker at the luncheon. Appropriate for an airline executive, this kachina represents the mystical hawk that soars through the skies.