AMR has cut billions in spending since 2001, including eliminating thousands of jobs and reducing its fleet. That will continue, as the company said Wednesday it would mothball 27 of its MD80 aircraft - among the worst gas-guzzlers in the fleet - by July 1.
The airline said the move is temporary. Arpey was asked what it would take to get those planes back in the air.
"Making money," he said.