View Full Version : American Airline - massive loss

24th Oct 2001, 16:37
AMR, the parent of the world's largest carrier American Airlines, has reported a $414m net loss in the third quarter, despite a half-billion-dollar bail-out package from the US government after the September attacks.

Even before 11 September, AMR had warned that a slump in business travel due to the US economic slowdown and high fuel prices meant it was likely to post a loss for the 2001 second half and for the full year.

Before special charges of $397m for the attack and a credit of $508m from the US government, AMR's net loss was $525m compared with a net profit of $322m in a year earlier.

American Airlines cut 20,000 jobs in the immediate aftermath of the attacks in an attempt to cut costs.

American losses

The anticipated pre-attack losses worsened as planes flew less than half full immediately after the attacks.

AMR said operating revenues fell to $4.8bn from $5.3bn a year earlier.

Some airlines say traffic is still only about two-thirds of normal.

AMR said every company official had taken a voluntary pay cut, and that its board of directors will take no compensation for the rest of 2001.

American Airlines surpassed United Airlines to become the world's largest airline after AMR acquired TWA in April.

United losses

Meanwhile, officials of United Airlines' parent company will meeting after a letter from chief executive James Goodwin to staff sent the airline's stock plunging.

United officials declined to say whether the board was considering replacing Mr Goodwin, despite widespread industry speculation.

Unions representing United workers have called for his resignation when the company's stock fell more than 20% last week after Goodwin wrote to employees that the airline was haemorrhaging cash and "will perish" sometime if it does not cut its losses.

United, like American, was in deep trouble before the attacks because of a severe downturn in business travel.

Analysts expect United to report a quarterly loss of more than $1bn when it releases third-quarter results on 1 November.

The Prisoner
25th Oct 2001, 05:02
Has anyone heard of saving for a rainy day...seems not.

dallas dude
25th Oct 2001, 05:50

Your response about a rainy day is as useful as the convertible hood (roof) on that stupid car they made you drive!

Seriously though, AMR is simply playing the game by painting a "disastrous" picture, tied mainly to the events of Sept 11th. (Heap all the bad news on one big pile so they may move forward unabated when things surely improve.)

Not quite sure how one could have "planned" for a Sep 11th!

Keep your hair dry,


25th Oct 2001, 06:23
They deserve it. Remember what they did to Braniff. What goes around.......

The Guvnor
25th Oct 2001, 10:49
So how come WN manage to 'save for a rainy day' and AA can't? Prudent fiscal management - that's why! That and of course the greed of pilots and management - over the last decade, they could have saved literally billions of dollars with more reasonable packages all round.

Unfortunately, the same applies at pretty much all the majors.

25th Oct 2001, 11:26
Didn't take long for you to get back on your favourite subject eh Guv?

I doubt that such a massive loss can be attributed to pilot's pay and conditions!