American's chief describes Bombardier's C Series as compelling
By Lori Ranson
American Airlines chief executive Gerard Arpey believes the Bombardier CSeries is "definitely worth considering" as the carrier looks at its growththrough 2020.Responding to a query about the aircraft today during an earnings call Arpey explains that American views aircraft decisions in the context of capacity, and that the carrier's capacity growth is correlated with GDP. Over the long term American's strategy is to grow its network consistentwith GDP "in regions of the world where we operate", Arpey explains.
Using that rationale as a baseline Arpey states the C Series "is aninteresting airplane". Later in the call Arpey called the aircraftintriguing and stated the airframe-engine combination "does lookcompelling".
However, Arpey states American's current labour agreements are notconstructed in a way that allows the carrier to easily introduce new fleet types due to the training requirements in those agreements."You don't have to train everybody through every aircraft type you have,"says Arpey. "There are ways to do it that are smarter and would be good forthe company and pilots."Any decision regarding introducing new aircraft types at American depends ondiscussions with pilots, but Arpey believes aspects of the CSeries could "be of interest to us and our pilots".