Oneworld names American chief Horton as chairman

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Oneworld Alliance has elected American Airlines chief executive Tom Horton as its chairman.

Horton will succeed former American chief Gerard Arpey in the role.

Oneworld chief executive Bruce Ashby said: "Tom offered to hand over the baton as Oneworld chairman from American Airlines to one of our other airlines but the unanimous view was that the alliance would benefit greatly at this time from the continuity in our leadership that Tom represents - while at the same time underlining the commitment of Oneworld to American while it undergoes its restructuring."

American filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection in November.