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United, American, US Airways Expect Strong Revenue Growth

Published Jun 15, 2010 on Pilot Jobs

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United Airlines said late Monday it's expecting second-quarter consolidated passenger unit revenue to rise by 26% to 27% when compared to the same period last year.


American Airlines expects second-quarter unit revenue to rise between 16.5 percent and 17.5 percent from a year earlier.

The airline said Tuesday in a Securities and Exchange Commission filing that revenue from cargo and other services will rise between 11.8 and 12.8 percent compared with the second-quarter of 2009.

Parent AMR Corp. expects to end the second quarter with a cash and short-term investment balance of approximately $5.5 billion.

Revenue from corporate travel on US Airways has jumped 50 percent from its lows last year, but it's still not back to pre-recession levels, the airline's president said on Tuesday.

Airlines have not been successful with large-scale fare increases, although some isolated increases have taken hold, US Airways Group Inc. President Scott Kirby said at an investor conference in New York. But with more corporate travelers flying, the amount the airline collects per passenger, per mile, has risen 30 percent.

US Airways still operates with separate pilot and flight attendant groups -- one from the old US Airways, one from America West, which bought US Airways in 2005. Some America West pilots have sued their union in a dispute over the way it plans to integrate their ranks.

Kirby said that operating with separate pilot groups costs the airline about $10 million per year. But any savings from integrating the pilots will be more than erased by raises, he said.

"The financials will be negative, but we are anxious to get something done," he said.

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