A spokesman for the pilots' union declined to comment Friday on Horton's compensation.
"Our focus is on the incoming team and the experience and leadership that they'll bring to the new American Airlines," said spokesman Dennis Tajer.
If the merger of AMR and US Airways Group Inc. is approved by AMR's bankruptcy judge, U.S. antitrust regulators and shareholders, Horton would serve as chairman until about mid-2014 and then leave the board. He hasn't said what his plans are after that.
Helane Becker, an analyst with Dahlman Rose & Co., said Horton would be a good candidate to lead an airline or a company in another industry.
"Doug (Parker) has gotten all the attention, but Tom has quietly done a good job" leading AMR through bankruptcy, she said. "Whatever company gets him will be lucky. He's smart, he works hard, he's energetic."
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