American Airlines chairman and CEO Doug Parker vigorously defended the carrier’s plans to grow system capacity 2.5% year-over-year (YOY) in 2018 and encouraged investors to distinguish between different kinds of airline growth. Parker’s comments came after Wall Street punished Chicago-based United Airlines and the broader US airline industry after United earlier this week revealed plans to grow capacity 4%-6% YOY in 2018, 2019 and 2020. During a Jan. 25 conference call with ...

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