Chairman and CEO Doug Parker says he will utilize â€™ legacy systems when integrating the two airlines once they merge.
â€śOur goal is to keep all of that in place [at American] and just overlay it on the smaller airline,â€ť Parker said last week at a U.S. Chamber of Commerce Aviation Summit in Washington.
â€śOnce you get the integration done, you can always go back and optimize,â€ť he added.
This method contrasts with Parkerâ€™s 2005 merger of America West Airlines and US Airways, when he retained the systems he used at America West and overlaid them on US Airwaysâ€™.
Parker says his change of heart is informed, in part, by discussions he recently had withCEO Richard Anderson, who considers his â€śadopt and goâ€ť strategy as a key to Deltaâ€™s 2008 integration of Northwest Airlines.
Parker, however, is adapting Andersonâ€™s theory by opting for just Americanâ€™s systems, rather than taking the best of both operations.
Andersonâ€™s strategy took Delta and Northwest to what he called the merged carrierâ€™s â€śstarting state technologyâ€ť once the integration of the airlines was complete.
â€śWe put development of our systems on a bit of a hold,â€ť Anderson told Aviation Week in late 2010, after the integration was substantially completed.
â€śWe stuck with the system we know with the understanding that once the integration was done, Phase 2 of this process is a massive investment in our technology and infrastructure,â€ť he added.