By Keith Laing
American Airlines is allowing its employees to vote on what logo should be on the tail of the company's planes now that its merger with US Airways is complete, the Dallas Morning News reports.
The choices are the original American logo, which includes a eagle between red and blue capital A's, or the new logo that was unveiled by the company just before its merger with US Airways was announced.
The vote was announced by new American CEO Doug Parker, who was formerly the head of US Airways, in an internal newsletter that was distributed to employees, the paper said.
"As such, today we launched a survey for all employees of the combined company to vote on what we should do with our new look for the tail — keep the work that was done, or go back to the previous American,” he continued.
Parker said he did not have preference, noting that the work that went into redesigning the new logo occurred before he took the helm at American.
"I honestly do not care,” the paper reported Parker wrote.
“I think both look fantastic," he continued. "As someone who began working at American in 1986, I, like many of you, am fond of the AA and think it reflects the proud history of this airline. But I also think the new branding looks great. It is bold, professional, fresh and represents American well. And the more aircraft I see painted in this scheme, the more I like it,” Parker wrote."
Parker said the vote would just include the design of the tail of the newly merged airline's planes because it would be too expensive to scrap the redesign completely.
He said it was important to make a decision quickly so the company could start painting the former US Airways planes.
“What I do care about and what I am happy about is that we have found a way to let our team members provide their input to this important decision," Parker said, according to the paper. "So, it is up to you. I just ask that we get it done quickly, so we can start painting US Airways aircraft. Have fun and please vote — we want your input."
The employee vote is scheduled to conclude on Jan. 2.