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American Airlines Group

AAL

U.S.

American staged an extraordinary comeback by shrinking its costs in bankruptcy, then greatly expanded its network by merging with U.S. Airways. That landmark deal that created the world’s largest carrier. American’s profits are still waxing: In the first quarter of 2016, operating income rose 9.8%, aided by an almost 30% drop in fuel costs. Still, the tailwinds that propelled American to record earnings are beginning to wane. Americans are still flying in record numbers. The rub is that while airlines, newly flush with cash, are offering a lot more seats, pressuring prices. Many of those new seats are taking flight American’s best markets. In late 2014, a longstanding ban that prevented Southwest from flying most long-haul routes from Dallas’ Love Field was lifted. Since then, Southwest has been offering bargain fares in American’s home market, forcing American to follow suit. The depression in Brazil and chaos in Venezuela are hitting its big Latin American business. In the first quarter, American’s revenues slipped 4% from the same period in 2015, and its revenue for each seat flown fell 7.5%. Times are still good for American, but a new era of profitability is far from certain.

CEO

W. Douglas Parker

Sector

Transportation

Industry

Airlines

HQ Location

Fort Worth, TX

Employees

118,500

Years on Global 500 List

22

Key Financials (last fiscal year)
($ Millions)% change
Revenues ($M)$40,990-3.9%
Profits ($M)$7,610164.1%
Assets ($M)$48,415
Total Stockholder Equity ($M)$5,635
Profit Ratios
Profit as % of Revenues18.6%
Profits as % of Assets15.7%
Profits as % of Stockholder Equity135.0%
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News about American Airlines Group

American Airlines Widens Divide Between Frequent Flyers and Occasional Passengers

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Videos about American Airlines Group

American Airlines Is Being Sued for a Wrongful Death

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American Airlines CEO Shares Thoughts About Recent Troubles

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