The letter reads:
“Welcome aboard my last flight as an American Airlines pilot!
33 years, 10,000+ flights, over 2 million passengers, more than 30 million gallons of Jet-A fuel, 28,000+ flight hours, and I’m just as honored to be part of your lives today as on my very first flight so many years ago as a brand new Boeing 727 Flight Engineer.
I know we sometimes look at air travel today as sort of a necessary evil… to be endured. There are things to complain about, for sure! But AA has a wonderful history, formed and made successful by great American visionaries like C.R. Smith, Bob Crandall and now Doug Parker. Personally, I’ll forever appreciate the sheer force of will and vision these men brought to a very unforgiving industry. While I owe my career to their efforts, most of all, I owe you, the AA passenger, for your travel with our company. Thank you from the bottom of my heart. AA only made one big mistake I can think of with me…they paid me, and I would have done this for nothing! (I think I’ll laugh all the way to the bank).
Being a professional pilot has been great. You’ve been great. Certainly, I’ll miss flying this $200 million Boeing 787 (the Wright Bros. would be blown away, wouldn’t they?). But most of all I will miss serving you, my precious passengers. Transporting you to destinations all over the world, while you graciously endured my lame PA’s, critiqued every single landing and thanked me for safe flying, provided purpose for this lifelong endeavor.
So to you and the best co-workers a man could ask to work with, I’ll say ‘goodbye’ with this:
I’m not going to weep because it’s over,
I’m going to smile because it happened!