Why flush the portions that make money and keep the one that loses the cash. Phoenix is one of the highest impacted regions of the economy following the housing collapse.................USAirways is being parted out, most of it will be gone. Parts of PHL and DCA will survive, probably the shuttle, maybe PHX- the rest will be flushed.
AMR boosts its cash coffers and shifts routes
AMR gets $2.9 billion in financing, builds hub capacity for international growth
On Thursday September 17, 2009, 8:45 am EDT
Companies: AMR CorporationGeneral Electric Co.
FORT WORTH, Texas (AP) -- The parent of American Airlines said Thursday it has obtained $2.9 billion in new financing and is making changes in its flight schedule to help cope with weak demand and declining revenue in the airline industry.
AMR Corp. said it has obtained $2.9 billion in extra funding, including $1 billion in cash from an advance sale of frequent flyer miles to Citigroup.
The Fort Worth, Texas, company says it received $1.6 billion in sale-leaseback financing commitments from GE Capital Aviation Services, a unit of General Electric Co., and $280 million in cash in a loan from GE Capital Aviation Services secured by aircraft.
Of the $1.3 billion in new liquidity, all but $55 million will be included in the third quarter 2009 cash and short-term investment balance.
AMR says it will strengthen its flight network by increasing capacity at hubs in Dallas/Fort Worth, Chicago, Miami and New York. Those cities, and Los Angeles, are key parts of the company's plan to benefit from closer cooperation with British Airways, Iberia and other partners.
The company said it will reduce operations at St. Louis and Raleigh/Durham, North Carolina.
American Eagle also announced plans to add a first class cabin to its fleet of 25 Bombardier CRJ700 regional jets and it signed a letter of intent with Bombardier Inc. for options to purchase 22 additional CRJ700 aircraft for delivery beginning in mid-2010.
The new CRJ700 aircraft will be fully financed.
"Today's announcement positions our company well to face today's industry challenges and allows us to remain focused on the future and on returning to profitability," said Gerard Arpey, chairman and CEO.
AMR said its capacity for 2010 is expected to increase by about 1 percent over this year, with domestic capacity flat and international capacity up about 2.5 percent.
Excluding the impact of cancellations this year from the H1N1 virus and the launch of Chicago-Beijing service in 2010 that was delayed from this year, mainline capacity in 2010 is expected to be roughly flat compared with 2009, the company said.
Employees affected by cutbacks will be allowed to relocate, the company said, although it expects the impact on employees to be minimal.
AMR will add 57 daily flights at O'Hare International Airport in Chicago, six new destinations from JFK International Airport in New York, two new daily American and Eagle flights at Los Angeles and 19 daily departures added to the airline's largest hub at Dallas/Forth Worth.
American and Eagle also will add 23 flights at Miami.
AMR shares rose $1.67, or 22.3 percent, to $9.02 in premarket trading.
Both. I am sure that JAL is much more important that any acquisition or merger with a domestic airline.