American Airlines’ corporate communications manager for Europe, Al
Comeaux, has left the company after two years.
He has returned to the US, where he has taken up the position of PR
director for Travelocity, the on-line travel information and booking
Comeaux is replaced in the interim by Lizann Peppard, who actually held
the position before leaving American Airlines in 1998 to go
Peppard is taking on the role part-time, while a suitable replacement is
Peppard created the role of corporate communications manager when she
joined the airline in 1990 from Hill and Knowlton. She set up the
in-house department, and is working with the same team she left in
As a freelance, Peppard has maintained her links with the airline,
taking the role of consulting editor of the in-house magazine. However,
she has no plans to go back to being a full-time member of staff.
The corporate communications manager for Europe oversees a team of three
in London, plus consultants in France and Germany. The role involves
travel in Europe, and reports in to marketing and communications chief
Michael Gunn in Dallas, Texas.
The airline’s relationship with retained agency Henry’s House is not
affected by the change. Henry’s House was hired by Comeaux earlier this
year on a 12-month contract to promote American Airlines to business
travellers (PR Week, 3 March).
The agency works to support the airline’s advertising campaign, and
initiatives such as its sponsorship of the Broadgate festival, which
takes place next month, as well as the London Film Festival, to be held
American Airlines, founded in 1926, is the largest US carrier out of the
United Kingdom. It has the biggest commercial fleet in the world, with
some 700 aircraft, and had revenues of pounds 10.8 billion in 1999.