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US Airways CEO gets 44% hike in compensation

TEMPE, Ariz. The CEO of US Airways received a 44 percent increase in compensation to $5.5 million last year.

US Airways disclosed CEO Doug Parker’s compensation in a regulatory filing Monday that also served as a prospectus for the company’s proposed merger with American Airlines.

The merger will make Parker the CEO of the world’s biggest airline.

Parker’s 2012 salary was $550,000, unchanged from previous years. He got stock and option awards valued totaling $2.7 million, a cash incentive of $2.2 million, and $47,821 in other compensation.

In a note to employees, Parker said his pay was based on compensation for CEOs of other airlines and similarly sized companies and was tied to the company’s performance and stock price.

“My 2012 incentive pay was driven 100 percent by our financial performance, and 2012 was a record-setting year for US Airways,” Parker wrote. The company earned record net income of $637 million last year.

That triggered a maximum incentive payment of twice Parker’s salary, or $1.1 million, and he got another $1.1 million incentive pay because the company’s stock price rose more sharply than the shares of other airlines over a three-year period and returned 211 percent to shareholders over the three years, he said.

The stock and option awards valued on the day they were granted at $2.7 million will only pay off “if our company is successful,” Parker said.

Parker said his compensation “is a significant expense for our company” that carries significant responsibility to employees, customers and shareholders.

The Associated Press formula calculates an executive’s total compensation during the last fiscal year by adding salary, bonuses, perks, above-market interest that the company pays on deferred compensation and the estimated value of stock and stock options awarded during the year. The AP formula does not count changes in the present value of pension benefits.

Charlotte will be the second-largest hub of the new American Airlines, after Dallas-Fort Worth.

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