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These are times of unprecedented challenge and ...
by Gerard Arpey

These are times of unprecedented challenge and change in the airline industry,
and the appointments we are announcing today will put
American in an even stronger position to continue the
substantial progress that has already been made under
the tenets of our Turnaround Plan.
- Gerard Arpey

This airline is grateful for his extensive contributions
and we will miss his friendship and support.
We extend our deepest sympathies to the Casey family on its personal loss.
- Gerard Arpey

Markets that don't work we're going to step away from.
- Gerard Arpey

The executive moves we are announcing today will strengthen
American for the long-term future and reflect well
on the depth of the Company's management team.
- Gerard Arpey

 

I think in just about any business the low cost competitor
is always going to have an advantage.
- Gerard Arpey

At American Airlines, we have built a business around
the love of travel that has lasted three quarters of a century.
And I'm pretty sure we're just getting started.
- Gerard Arpey

But I don't think the popularity of flying has diminished a bit.
- Gerard Arpey

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Our planes should be full, which among other things
means we have a golden opportunity...
to build on the momentum reflected in the financial
results we are reporting today.
- Gerard Arpey

We continued the hard work of integrating TWA,
because at that time we still thought an efficient connecting hub in St.
Louis could be a profitable addition to our network.
- Gerard Arpey

We have, unlike many of our competitors,
continued to meet our various financial obligations.
- Gerard Arpey

We need to take excellent care of our customers,
and do so at a profit.
- Gerard Arpey

However, the economics of our business continued to deteriorate.
We barely escaped bankruptcy a year ago,
and in the aftermath of that escape we had to make
some even tougher decisions.
- Gerard Arpey

Despite the painful changes we have had to make,
we continue to believe in the St.
Louis market.
And we are hoping to add flights, in a careful way,
as the economics of our business improve and the demands
of the traveling public in St.
Louis become clear.
- Gerard Arpey

One of our most difficult realizations was that -
in the course of two years -
a connecting hub in St.
Louis had gone from something we thought we needed
to something we could no longer afford.
- Gerard Arpey

First, we have to lower our costs to levels that are more competitive.
This will prevent the lower-cost airlines from pushing
us out of the markets we want to serve.
We've made great progress on this front,
but we need to keep pushing.
- Gerard Arpey

Just to cover the increase in fuel costs over the past two years,
American would have had to raise fares nearly $75 per round-trip ticket.
During this time period, our average fare increased by only $15.
- Gerard Arpey

Second, we have to make the most of the strengths we have,
the amenities that many of our competitors cannot replicate.
But again, those advantages won't mean much if we don't
do a great job with the basics of our business.
- Gerard Arpey

That doesn't mean you have to have the lowest costs
in the industry to succeed.
But you need to make sure the activities and product
attributes that increase your costs above the other
guy bring in at least that much more in revenue,
and hopefully more.
- Gerard Arpey

Our Fly Smart philosophy is about investing only on
those points of differentiation that pay for themselves,
that earn a revenue premium commensurate with what
it costs us to provide that product or service.
- Gerard Arpey

But I definitely see us playing a major role in St.
Louis in the years to come.
We already provide service to 95 percent of the markets St.
Louis travelers visit the most.
And we're adding capacity in some of the most important markets.
- Gerard Arpey

For all sad words of tongue and pen,
The saddest are these, "It might have been.
- John Greenleaf Whittier

Appreciate again and again, freshly and naively,
the basic goods of life, with awe,
pleasure, wonder and even ecstasy,
however stale these experiences may have become to others.
- Abraham Maslow

I have just three things to teach:
simplicity, patience, compassion.
These three are your greatest treasures.
- Lao Tzu

The simplest questions are the most profound.
Where were you born?
Where is your home?
Where are you going?
What are you doing?
Think about these once in a while
and watch your answers change.
- Richard Bach

These are the keys to a great life...
taking oneself lightly, forgiveness, and acceptance.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Loving, hating, having expectations:
all these are attachments.
Attachment prevents the growth of one's true being.
- Lao Tzu

These are not dark days -
these are great days.
- Winston Churchill

When I look back on all these worries,
I remember the story of the old man who said on his deathbed
that he had had a lot of trouble in his life,
most of which had never happened.
- Winston Churchill

Bad times have a scientific value.
These are occasions a good learner would not miss.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson

The secret of making dreams come true
can be summarized in four C's.
They are Curiosity, Confidence, Courage, and Constancy;
and the greatest of these is Confidence.
- Walt Disney

It is not he who reviles or strikes you who insults you,
but your opinion that these things are insulting.
- Epictetus

What people often mean by getting rid of conflict
is getting rid of diversity,
and it is of the utmost importance
that these should not be considered the same.
- M. P. Follett

The things that have acquired unity are these:
Heaven by unity has become clear;
Earth by unity has become steady;
The Spirit by unity has become spiritual;
The Valley by unity has become full;
All things by unity have come into existence.
- Lao Tzu

Every human has four endowments- self awareness, conscience,
independent will and creative imagination.
These give us the ultimate human freedom...
The power to choose, to respond, to change.
- Stephen Covey

Everything we say, do, think, and feel
is a product of our personal history
and the collective history of humankind.
Our name for these histories is "prejudice."
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Know that you are one with the earth, with the water,
with the fire, with the air that you breathe, with all living things,
and that all of these are one with Spirit.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

And on the pedestal these words appear:
`My name is Ozymandias, King of Kings:
'Look on my works, ye mighty, and despair!'
Nothing beside remains. Round the decay
Of that colossal wreck, boundless and bare,
The lone and level sands stretch far away.
- Percy Bysshe Shelley

How far you go in life depends on you being
tender with the young,
compassionate with the aged,
sympathetic with the striving
and tolerant of the weak and the strong.
Because someday in life you will have been all of these.
- George Washington Carver

If I could tell the world just one thing
it would be we're all okay,
and not to worry cause worry is wasteful
and useless in times like these.
I won't be made useless.
I won't be idle with despair,
I will gather myself around my faith.
Light does the darkness most fear.
- Jewel

When one has the feeling of dislike for evil,
when one feels tranquil,
one finds pleasure in listening to good teachings;
when one has these feelings and appreciates them,
one is free of fear.
- The Buddha

Now abide faith, hope, love, these three;
but the greatest of these is love.
- Corinthians 13:13

Times like these, dark times,
they do funny things to people.
They can tear them apart.
- the movie Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince (2009)

All the Buddhas of all the ages have been
telling you a very simple fact:
Be - don't try to become.
Within these two words, be and becoming,
your whole life is contained.
Being is enlightenment, becoming is ignorance.
- Osho

The most intense conflicts, if overcome,
leave behind a sense of security and calm
that is not easily disturbed.
It is just these intense conflicts
and their conflagration
which are needed to produce
valuable and lasting results.
- Carl Jung

As we join hands in fellowship
around this bountiful table,
we give thanks for the blessings of this food
and the love of these friends
as a symbol of our gratitude
for all the manifold blessings of this life.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

I know how hard it is in these times to have faith.
But maybe if you could have the faith to start with,
maybe the times would change.
You could change them. Think about it. Try.
And try not to hurt each other.
- the movie Oh, God!

All these primary impulses,
not easily described in words,
are the springs of man's actions.
- Albert Einstein

My biggest dream is that my words will inspire heart,
hope and personal responsibility in people around the globe
long after my feet in these shoes aren't walking the planet.
- Mary Anne Radmacher

We are strange beings, we seem
to go free, but we go in chains -
chains of training, custom, convention,
association, environment -
in a word, Circumstance -
and against these bonds
the strongest of us struggle in vain.
- Mark Twain

In the midst of these hard times it is our good health
and good sleep that are enjoyable.
- Knute Nelson

A forest of these trees is a spectacle too much for one man to see.
- David Douglas

God has cared for these trees,
saved them from drought, disease, avalanches,
and a thousand tempests and floods.
But he cannot save them from fools.
- John Muir

God, our Creator, has stored within our minds and personalities,
great potential strength and ability.
Prayer helps us tap and develop these powers.
- Abdul Kalam

Time extracts various values from a painter's work.
When these values are exhausted the pictures are forgotten,
and the more a picture has to give, the greater it is.
- Henri Matisse

To resist the frigidity of old age, one must combine the body,
the mind, and the heart.
And to keep these in parallel vigor one must exercise,
study, and love.
- Alan Bleasdale

We seem to have a compulsion these days to bury time
capsules in order to give those people living in the
next century or so some idea of what we are like.
- Alfred Hitchcock

I wouldn't attach too much importance to these student riots.
I remember when I was a student at the Sorbonne in Paris,
I used to go out and riot occasionally.
- John Foster Dulles

It is impossible for a lover of cats to banish these alert,
gentle, and discriminating friends, who give us just
enough of their regard and complaisance to make us hunger for more.
- Agnes Repplier

Self-reverence, self-knowledge, self-control;
these three alone lead one to sovereign power.
- Alfred Lord Tennyson

Birth and death; we all move between these two unknowns.
- Bryant H. McGill

Everyone has an opinion on many subjects
and is ready to share those opinions -
labeling them as "truth."
Sometimes it is relatively easy
to filter out these opinions.
Upon hearing an ad for the latest
weight-loss powder on late-night TV,
our skepticism leaps to our defense.
However, if we have heard the same opinion for years
from our parents, friends,
government officials, or religious leaders,
we are more likely to believe without questioning
than to raise our filter of skepticism
and ask the hard questions.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

I can trust my friends These people force me to examine myself,
encourage me to grow.
- Cher

A few minutes ago every tree was excited,
bowing to the roaring storm,
waving, swirling, tossing their branches
in glorious enthusiasm like worship.
But though to the outer ear these trees
are now silent, their songs never cease.
- John Muir

Love and esteem are the first principles of friendship;
it is always imperfect if either of these two are wanting.
- Eustace Budgell

I'm afraid I talk a lot, too much, perhaps.
I should have been a lawyer or a college professor or a windy politician,
though I'm glad I am not any of these.
- Tom Glazer

In June as many as a dozen species may burst their buds on a single day.
No man can heed all of these anniversaries;
no man can ignore all of them.
- Aldo Leopold

In these times you have to be an optimist to open your
eyes when you awake in the morning.
- Carl Sandburg

I have these visions of myself being thirty,
thirty-five, forty having a family.
- Nastassja Kinski

These capitalists generally act harmoniously and in concert,
to fleece the people.
- Abraham Lincoln

Fear of the unknown is
the greatest fear of humankind,
and death the greatest unknown.
Acknowledging these doubts and the fears
is a powerful beginning.
It is liberating to say,
"Yes, I don't know, and yes, I am afraid."
Beyond that, the path to happiness
lies in living in the moment -
enjoying what you are doing today.
You don't need a reason to be happy,
just a choice.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Love, hope, fear, faith - these make humanity;
These are its sign and note and character.
- Robert Browning Hamilton


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