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Delta and US Air report smaller than expected losses, shares soar

Analysis

Delta Air Lines reported a widening in net losses of USD318 million in 1Q2011, or 38 cents per share, but it was better than market expectations, sending the airline's stock soaring 11.7% yesterday.

Summary
  • Delta Air Lines reports a net loss of USD318 million in 1Q2011, but it exceeds market expectations.
  • Delta's quarterly revenue increases by 13% to USD7.75 million.
  • Operating costs for Delta rise by 12.8%, primarily due to a USD272 million increase in fuel costs.
  • Delta forecasts a profit in 2Q2011, driven by double-digit gains in unit revenue.
  • US Airways reports a larger loss in 1Q2011 compared to the same period last year.
  • Despite the increased loss, US Airways' shares gain 6.3% in response.

The airline's quarterly revenue surged 13% to USD7.75 million, while operating costs rose 12.8%, driven by a USD272 million increase in fuel costs. Delta forecasts a profit in 2Q2011 on the back of double-digit gains in unit revenue.

US Airways' shares gained 6.3% yesterday despite also reporting a bigger loss in 1Q2011 than the same period last year. US Air's loss came in at USD110 million, or 68 cents per share, against market expectations of a loss of 72 cents per share.

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Selected American airline daily share price movements (% change): 26-Apr-2011

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