Parker has pledged to maintain all nine American and US Airways hubs, including Philadelphia.
One Philadelphia shareholder, Jim White, attending the meeting thanked Parker for keeping Philadelphia as a hub.
"You need not thank us for our commitment to Philadelphia," Parker said. "We do well there, and we love the city. We love being the largest carrier there. Our hub does well for US Airways, will do even better as part of a larger network at American."
"This merger will be great for Philadelphia, for the state of Pennsylvania, actually for everywhere we serve," Parker said. "It will just make that hub stronger as part of a stronger American Airlines. We are looking forward to a continued relationship with the city."
Outside the meeting in New York City, a small group of community and labor advocates representing low-wage airport workers protested. They demanded better pay for nonunion employees of private companies that have low-bid contracts with airlines to provide services by skycaps, wheelchair attendants, baggage handlers and aircraft cabin cleaners. Several airport workers spoke at the meeting.
The combined airline, which will be called American and be based in Dallas-Fort Worth, Texas, will operate a fleet of 1,215 aircraft and have more than 100,000 employees, annual revenue of nearly $40 billion, and 6,700 flights to 336 destinations in 56 countries.
The merger is an $11 billion, all-stock transaction, with 72 percent of the combined airline owned by American shareholders and 28 percent by US Airways shareholders.
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