American Airlines reported its first quarter-end profit since the government did not aid the Covid pandemic. However, it was a time when competitors joined scaling back growth plans following a series of issues this year. The company announced an increase in third-quarter profits on Thursday, but it also showed strong travel demand, even at a high cost.
America earned a profit in the second quarter of $476 million, an increase from $19 million earlier, but America was still benefiting from federal coronavirus support for payroll this year.
Second quarter revenues in the range of $13.4 billion increased by 12% from before the pandemic. This was despite though Americans flew 8.5 percent less than during the same period in 2019according to the airline.
American is more assertive than its rivals, United Airlines and Delta Air Lines, in restoring capacity. However, American’s CEO has said the company would limit its expansion this year.
“As we look to the rest of the year, we have taken proactive steps to build additional buffer into our schedule and will continue to limit capacity to the resources we have and the operating conditions we face,” CEO Robert Isom noted to employees.
The airline announced it would fly between 8 and 10% lower than the levels of 2019 in the third quarter, but the revenue forecast was 12 percent over three years ago, as rates rise throughout the summer.
Here’s how the company performed during the second quarter of 2018, compared to Wall Street expectations according to Refinitiv consensus estimates:
- Earnings per share adjusted:76 cents versus an estimated 76 cents.
- Total revenue: $13.42 billion versus expected $13.40 billion.
The cost of unit operations jumped by 45% in the first quarter of 2021 when the airline, along with its peers, had to deal with the prospect of a rise in fuel prices and other costs.
Alaska Airlines, The company, reported net earnings of $139 million against record revenues of almost $2.7 billion when it announced its second-quarter results on Thursday. The company also stated that it would be cautious about building up capacity.
“As is the case for the entire economy, supply chains remain disrupted by the pandemic,” CEO Ben Minicucci said on an earnings call following the report. “We are working with key partners closer than ever before and will be more conservative in planning our operation and capacity until we see higher levels of stability and predictability.”
In the third quarter of the year, Alaska expects to operate a reduced schedule from 5% to eight percent from the same timeframe in 2019. The company expects to earn 19% over the three years prior.
United, on Wednesday, reported its first profits since the pandemic; despite assistance from the government, it said it will reduce its growth plans to 2023.
American shares dropped 7.4 percent on Thursday. United dropped 10.2 percent, and Alaska dropped 0.5 percent. The S&P 500 market closed 1 percent higher.