AMR Corporation, the parent company of American Airlines, Inc., reported a net profit of $143 million for the third quarter of 2010. The current quarter results compare to a net loss of $359 million for the third quarter 2009 which included the impact of approximately $94 million in non-recurring charges related to the sale of aircraft and the grounding of leased Airbus A300 aircraft. Excluding those non-recurring charges, the third quarter 2009 loss was $265 million.
"We are pleased to report our first profitable quarter, excluding special items, since the third quarter of 2007, " said AMR Chairman and CEO GerardArpey . "Our entire team is intensely focused on building strong momentum from our cornerstone, partnership and alliance strategies that enhance our global network reach. We are excited about our recently launched Joint Business in the transatlantic with British Airways and Iberia and the forthcoming opportunity with Japan Airlines in the Pacific, as well as additional network enhancements in key markets. While there is clearly much more work to do, our results show significant improvement in revenue and reflect our continued dedication to controlling costs."
Arpey also highlighted several recent developments that demonstrate the company's progress in executing on its strategic initiatives under Flight Plan 2020. First among these is the agreement with British Airways and Iberia. American Airlines, British Airways and Iberia launched their Joint Business between North America and Europe on October 1.
The American, British Airways and Iberia transatlantic business, initially representing approximately $7 billion in combined revenue between the carriers, will offer seamless service to 433 destinations in 105 countries, with 5,178 daily departures worldwide.
As part of the deal American, British Airways and Iberia announced service to four new key routes, beginning spring 2011. They are: New York JFK-Budapest and Chicago-Helsinki (operated by American Airlines), London Heathrow-San Diego (operated by British Airways) and Madrid-Los Angeles (operated by Iberia). Also in spring 2011, American will add additional frequencies from JFK to Barcelona and Miami to Madrid.
American also announced in early October that it is sending recall notices to 545 flight attendants and 250 pilots. Several factors contributed to the company's ability to recall, primarily its efforts to capitalize on new international flying and business opportunities with British Airways and Iberia, continuing to strengthen its cornerstone hubs, preparing for its pending alliance with Japan Airlines, and its current staffing needs.
AMR noted that the tentative Department of Transportation Approval for Antitrust Immunity with Japan Airlines. With this action, the DOT has moved another step closer to granting antitrust immunity to the two airlines, AMR said.
Under an immunized agreement, the two airlines anticipate cooperating commercially on flights between North America and Asia. AMR said the this represents significant growth opportunities for American long term as the Pacific region currently accounts for only about 4 percent of American's total system capacity.
AMA also announced the enhancement of service in Los Angeles with a 28 percent increase in daily departures. AMR said it plans to launch new service from Los Angeles to Shanghai, as well as nine new domestic markets by spring 2011. New flights between Los Angeles and Shanghai are scheduled to begin on April 5, 2011.