En attente de 76 B737-800 pour remplacer les MD 80, repoussés même avec la grève chez Boeing.
American reported a $340-million net loss for the fourth quarter, and the carrier said it will further cut its capacity for this year, thanks partly to Boeing delivery delays.
Despite recent oil price drops, American's fuel costs were still higher year-on-year. This offset significant
unit revenue gains. Unfavorable fuel hedge positions mean American will not see the full benefits of lower
spot fuel prices this year. However, CEO Gerard Arpey said he is "guardedly optimistic we can regain momentum in 2009."
On the fleet front, Boeing has given American a revised delivery schedule for the 76 737-800s the airline has on order to replace MD-80s. American is now slated to receive 29 737s this year, versus the 36 it was previously expected to take, and 39 in 2010, one less than previously forecast.
Deliveries will begin in the current quarter, and the remaining eight will arrive early in 2011.
American said it will not use MD-80s to backfill the capacity lost due to the lower delivery rate this year. This means it can cut its mainline capacity guidance for this year by another percentage point.
Full-year mainline capacity will now be down more than 6.5% year-on-year, with domestic dropping 9% and
international declining 2.5%. Regional flying will be down 8%.....