American Airlines’ Financial Performance Results in Profit in First Quarter 2023

According to its latest financial release, American Airlines’ financial performance has made profit in the three months leading up to March 31st 2023. This continuation in the black for the fourth quarter in a row is an achievement, given that the industry has suffered enormously over the last couple of years due to the impact of pandemic restrictions reducing demand for flights. In addition, even after pandemic restrictions were lifted the recovery was not easy as initially, flights had to be reduced due to the inability of airports to cope with the surge in demand after pandemic restrictions were lifted. This occurred due to staff shortages, as many had been laid off during the pandemic when demand was less.

American Airlines' Financial Performance
American Airlines was also affected by pandemic setbacks  © American Airlines Newsroom.

American Airlines’ Financial Performance

There were major issues during the Independence Day weekend last summer in North America, with mass delays and cancellations. In addition, North America faced further problems back in December due to Storm Elliot. As one can see, the situation has not been easy for American Airlines’ financial performance, with problems globally for the industry as a whole as well as specifically for North America.

In terms of American Airlines’ financial performance in the three months up to March 31st 2023, the company made 10 million US dollars. This is a greatly reduced profit when compared to the previous quarter. In the three months up to December 31st 2023, the company made a profit of 803 million US dollars. However, compared to the same period last year, the company’s profit has dramatically improved from the colossal 1.635 billion US dollar loss. This shows that even though profitability has reduced since the last quarter, its performance has still improved when compared to when most pandemic restrictions were largely in place.

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American Airlines made a greatly reduced profit © GETTY IMAGES

American Airlines’ Revenue

In terms of revenue (total money received), American Airlines’ financial performance resulted in a figure of 12.189 billion US dollars for the three months up to March 31st 2023. This compares favourably to the 8.899 billion US dollars made in the same period last year. As one can see, revenue has improved by 37%. The percentage increase in revenue in the three months up to March 31st 2023, is proportionately less than the dramatic increase in profit from a colossal loss in the same period last year. This shows that cost control has improved significantly when compared to the same time last year.

Regarding the company’s response to American Airlines’ financial performance, The company’s CEO Robert Isom said that this is the first time in four years that the company has returned a profit for this particular period (the year’s first quarter). He adds that the company remains committed to creating even more value for shareholders, team members, customers and the communities they serve.

As one can see, even though American Airlines’ financial performance this quarter may be a big dip compared to last quarter, it is a huge improvement from last year. In addition, it appears that it’s the first time in four years that the company has made a profit in this time period. Therefore, this progress is encouraging. We have to wait to see how this progresses.

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Amuthan Chandrarajan
Amuthan Chandrarajan
Aviation Reporter - Amuthan has a background in residential and commercial real estate. He also has a keen interest in aviation and travel and has visited many countries. Amuthan has a sound knowledge of business and finance.  He has gained a Master of Business Administration and has become a Chartered Management Accountant.