American Airlines Chairman and CEO Doug Parker has vigorously defended the carrier’s plans to expand system capacity 2.5% year-over-year (YOY) in 2018, as he encouraged investors to distinguish among varieties of airline growth. Parker’s comments came after Wall Street punished Chicago-based United Airlines and the broader U.S. airline industry, after that carrier earlier this week revealed plans to grow capacity 4-6% YOY in 2018, 2019 and 2020. During a Jan. 25 conference call ...

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