Aviation American Airlines vows to improve punctuality By Robert Silk / January 29, 2016 Share 1 Photo Credit: Shitterstock -- The operational performance of American Airlines will improve in 2016, CEO Doug Parker said during the carrier’s earnings call on Friday. “Our goal is to be the best,” he said.For the 12 months that ended in November, American lagged well behind Delta in on-time performance. And although it led United during that period, American slipped behind United in timeliness during the months of September, October and November.Parker said that having completed its integration with US Airways in October, American is now positioned to better its operations.“We ran two airlines in 2015,” he said. “I can’t stress how much harder that is than running one airline.”Also during the earnings conference, AA President Scott Kirby said that very few customers had changed their flight plans due to the Zika virus.“It has not been a meaningful number,” he said.The remarks by Parker and Kirby came as American reported record fourth-quarter net income of $3.28 billion. The figure includes a $3 billion gain from a special tax item, but even when factoring out that gain as well as other special one-time items, American recorded fourth-quarter net income of $1.3 billion, up 17% from 2014, when the airline also set a record. For the year, American recorded net income of $6.3 billion, special items excluded, up from $4.2 billion in 2014. Like airlines worldwide, American benefitted from crashing oil prices, which drove fuel savings of $908 million in the fourth quarter 2015, a decline of nearly 41%.Revenue during the fall period, hurt by an 8.9% decrease in the per-mile price of fares, declined 5.2%, to $9.6 billion. Still, American’s revenue was in line with analysts' expectations. The airline’s fourth quarter per-share earnings of $2 beat projections by 3 cents.