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  • Is It Fair to Block This Airline Merger?

    By Ted Cooper - August 15, 2013 | Tickers: AAMRQ.PK, LUV, LCC

    The U.S. Department of Justice's lawsuit to block the AMR (NASDAQOTH: AAMRQ.PK) US Airways (NYSE: LCC) merger comes after a string of airline combinations over the last several years. The DoJ contends that the merger is anti-competitive, seemingly regretting its allowance of past airline mergers to proceed. Now, AMR and US Airways are paying the price for being late to the party.

    Unable to compete

    AMR is currently more »

  • Two Big Factors Fueling Airline Shares

    By Alexander MacLennan - August 13, 2013 | Tickers: AAMRQ.PK, DAL, UAL, LCC

    Airlines are not often thought of as a good way to make money; in fact, they have quite a reputation for doing just the opposite. But holders of airline shares have been richly rewarded if they bought at almost any point over the last year. With the airline industry being one with a long history of bankruptcies and failures, two major factors are working together to drive airline shares now more »

  • Major Airlines Are Launching A Regional Jet Battle

    By Alexander MacLennan - July 11, 2013 | Tickers: AAMRQ.PK, DAL, LCC

    The competition between the major airlines in the United States is well known and various tactics employed by each have been a contributing factor in more than a fair share of airline bankruptcies. But with the consolidation in the airline industry that has occurred over the past few years, there are fewer, but stronger, competitors in the major airline space. Now with regional flights being a critical part of feeder more »

  • A Merger Lawsuit in the Airline Industry

    By Alexander MacLennan - July 11, 2013 | Tickers: AAMRQ.PK, DAL, LCC

    Airlines have tend to a bad reputation among consumers and mergers, in almost any industry, are also often met with consumer criticism. So it should be no surprise that the latest airline merger, this one between US Airways (NYSE: LCC) and American Airlines (NASDAQOTH: AAMRQ.PK), has drawn fire from some consumer groups who seek to block additional consolidation in the airline industry.

    Lawsuit time

    The Associated Press is reporting that more »

  • A Preview of the Next Airline Merger

    By Alexander MacLennan - July 10, 2013 | Tickers: AAMRQ.PK, UAL, LCC

    In 2008, Delta Air Lines merged with Northwest Airlines. In 2010, United Airlines merged with Continental Airlines to form United Continental Holdings (NYSE: UAL). And after over a year of on and off negotiations, two more legacy carriers appear set to merge.

    The New American Airlines

    After being the last legacy airline to file for bankruptcy, American Airlines (NASDAQOTH: AAMRQ.PK) finally threw in the towel in Nov. 2011 in an more »

  • Jet Blue: Efficient Management In an Inefficient Era of Air Travel

    By Rupert Nicholson - July 5, 2013 | Tickers: AAMRQ.PK, DAL, JBLU, LUV

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    I have been a lifelong American Airlines customer when flying in the US, however, recently I have started to look at JetBlue as it is a common sense low cost option. Most airlines in the western world today are characterized by large inefficiencies, high costs, and zero profits. Jet Blue is the airline that bucks the trend.

    Combining quality with low prices

    The founder of JetBlue Airways (NASDAQ: JBLU), David more »

  • Will American-US Airways Merger Be Blocked?

    By Jacob Steinberg - July 2, 2013 | Tickers: AAMRQ.PK, LCC

    The merger between US Airways (NYSE: LCC) and American Airlines (NASDAQOTH: AAMRQ.PK) is about to happen within the next few months. After the American Airlines filed for bankruptcy, the two companies decided to merge in order to become the largest airline in the world. Now it seems like the opponents to this merger are taking action as the merger is almost ready to take place. Recently, the attorney general of more »

  • Bankruptcy Has Been Good for American Airlines

    By Mark Holder - July 1, 2013 | Tickers: AAMRQ.PK, DAL, UAL, LCC

    According to the recent monthly results, bankruptcy has been good to AMR Corp. (NASDAQOTH: AAMRQ.PK). The company just reported a dramatic turnaround from last year for May and should signal that the combination with US Airways (NYSE: LCC) will be a very profitable one.

    The airlines expect to finalize the merger in the next few months, which will lead to numerous synergies estimated at around $1 billion. Apparently though, the more »

  • Disagreeing With Analyst Downgrade on US Airways

    By Mark Holder - June 11, 2013 | Tickers: AAMRQ.PK, DAL, UAL, LCC

    Even with a fundamental shift in the airline sector, analysts are quick to downgrade US Airways Group (NYSE: LCC) at market low earnings multiples. Sure the airline industry has historically struggled to make profits, but the recent consolidation provides hopes for a liberated industry.

    The company operates more than 3,100 flights per day and serves 198 communities around the globe. US Airways expects to close the merger with AMR more »

  • Airline Hubs That Have To Die

    By Alexander MacLennan - June 10, 2013 | Tickers: AAMRQ.PK, DAL, UAL, LCC

    About 40 minutes from where I live is the Cincinnati Northern Kentucky International Airport (CVG). Once a thriving Delta Air Lines (NYSE: DAL) hub, CVG has become a shell of its former self. What was once three terminals was consolidated into a single terminal a few years ago as passenger traffic through Cincinnati has fallen. But CVG is not alone in seeing airline hub rebalancing, other airports and municipalities have more »

  • When Consumers' Losses Are Shareholders' Gains

    By Alexander MacLennan - June 4, 2013 | Tickers: AAMRQ.PK, DAL, UAL, LCC

    In April, United Continental (NYSE: UAL) increased the infamous change fee by $50 from $150 to $200, a move quickly matched by US Airways (NYSE: LCC). By early May, American Airlines (NASDAQOTH: AAMRQ.PK) and Delta Air Lines (NYSE: DAL) had joined the change fee party and bumped their fees by $50 as well.

    Why would airlines think they can get away with this move almost universally detested by passengers? Well more »

  • This Airline Company Is Worth Buying

    By Ranu Devi - June 3, 2013 | Tickers: AAMRQ.PK, DAL, LUV

    Southwest Airlines (NYSE: LUV) has always been admired as the largest low-cost carrier in the United States. Even during times of economic weakness and rising fuel costs, the airline reported profits. In fact, as of June 2012, it has a record of 40 consecutive years of profitable operations. But these aren’t the only points to consider. Investors should look at the following factors which make this company more attractive more »

  • Comparing Legacy Airlines

    By Alexander MacLennan - May 29, 2013 | Tickers: AAMRQ.PK, DAL, UAL, LCC

    It is no secret that the airline industry is a turbulent one. The highs have seen airline shareholders reap great returns for buying shares near the bottom while the lows have wiped out common stock as the airline files for bankruptcy. However, a more stable airline industry is emerging as carriers slash capacity and mergers reduce competition and recognize economies of scale.

    The term “legacy airline” is not usually given more »

  • Can Delta Air Lines Really Return $1 Billion to Shareholders

    By Mark Holder - May 28, 2013 | Tickers: AAMRQ.PK, DAL, UAL, LCC

    One of the biggest surprises this month had to be the announcement by Delta Air Lines (NYSE: DAL) that it planned to return as much as $1 billion to shareholders over the next three years. How could it be possible that one of the worst industries around is now able to return cash to shareholders?

    The airline sector has seen a major shift towards profitability after the financial crisis forced more »

  • The Positive Beat Continues for the Airlines

    By Mark Holder - April 27, 2013 | Tickers: AAMRQ.PK, DAL, LCC

    Only a month ago this article theorized that airlines might finally be investable. Fortunately both Delta Airlines (NYSE: DAL) and US Airways Group (NYSE: LCC) obliged the theory by reporting strong Q1 earnings. A quarter that is typically the weakest actually turned solidly profitable for two of the market leaders. In fact, Delta claimed the highest profit in over a decade.

    Unless new competition comes out of left field or more »

  • I Was Wrong About American Airlines

    By Alexander MacLennan - April 18, 2013 | Tickers: AAMRQ.PK, DAL, UAL, LCC

    Back in August of last year, I laid out the case against buying the stock of bankrupt American Airlines (NASDAQOTH: AAMRQ.PK) as part of a larger analysis of the airline industry. Since then, American’s shares have surged in value as the airline beat the odds and managed to extract a sliver of shareholder value from the bankruptcy. However, the story of American Airlines' recovery of shareholder value is as more »

  • I Was Wrong About American Airlines

    By Alexander MacLennan - April 16, 2013 | Tickers: AAMRQ.PK, DAL, UAL, LCC

    Back in August of last year, I laid out the case against buying the stock of bankrupt American Airlines (NASDAQOTH: AAMRQ.PK) as part of a larger analysis of the airline industry. Since then, American’s shares have surged in value as the airline has beat the odds and managed to extract a sliver of shareholder value from the bankruptcy. However, the story of American Airlines recovery of shareholder value is more »

  • Time To Invest In This Restructuring?

    By Mike Thiessen - April 12, 2013 | Tickers: AAMRQ.PK, LUV, LCC

    Now that the judge charged with overseeing the company's bankruptcy proceedings has approved the merger between American Airlines parent AMR Group (NASDAQOTH: AAMRQ.PK) and US Airways (NYSE: LCC), the deal appears far more likely to conclude successfully. This could have major implications for investors in the airline space; however, this merger is not yet a done deal.

    There are a number of procedural hurdles that stand in its way more »

  • The Best-Run Airline Is Still Cheap

    By Matthew Frankel - April 10, 2013 | Tickers: AAMRQ.PK, DAL, LUV, LCC

    Most of the news involving the airlines lately has centered on the merger of American Airlines (NASDAQOTH: AAMRQ.PK) and US Airways Group (NYSE: LCC), which will create the world’s biggest airline when the deal is complete. The other airline-related news recently has been about how frustrated customers are getting with the airlines; more passengers are getting bumped off of flights, there seem to be new fees every few months more »

  • The Best-Run Airline Is Still Cheap

    By Matthew Frankel - April 8, 2013 | Tickers: AAMRQ.PK, DAL, LUV, LCC

    Most of the news involving the airlines lately has centered on the merger of American Airlines (NASDAQOTH: AAMRQ.PK) and US Airways Group (NYSE: LCC), which will create the world’s biggest airline when the deal is complete.  The other airline-related news recently has been about how frustrated customers are getting with the airlines; more passengers are getting bumped off of flights, there seems to be new fees every few months more »

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