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American Airlines reports first-quarter 2024 financial results

FORT WORTH, Texas — American Airlines Group Inc. (NASDAQ: AAL) today reported its first-quarter 2024 financial results, including:

  • Record first-quarter revenue of approximately $12.6 billion.
  • First-quarter net loss of $312 million, or ($0.48) per diluted share. Excluding net special items1, first-quarter net loss of $226 million, or ($0.34) per diluted share.
  • Achieved best-ever first-quarter completion factor.
  • Generated operating cash flow of $2.2 billion and free cash flow2 of $1.4 billion in the first quarter.
  • Reduced total debt3 by nearly $950 million in the first quarter. The company is now more than 80% of the way to its 2025 total debt reduction goal.

“The American Airlines team continues to build a reliable, efficient and resilient airline,” said American’s CEO Robert Isom. “While we aren’t satisfied with our first-quarter financial results, we have a strong foundation in place, and we remain on track to deliver on our full-year financial targets. Our team is running a fantastic operation, driving revenue through our commercial initiatives, efficiently managing costs, and producing free cash flow to further strengthen our balance sheet.”

Operational performance

American is running the best operation in its history because of a steadfast commitment to operational excellence and strong collaboration across the entire airline. The company produced its best-ever first-quarter completion factor and improved its mishandled baggage rate year over year. American achieved these results despite air traffic control challenges and significant weather events across its network during the quarter.

Financial performance

American produced results within previously guided ranges for each of its operating metrics despite a significant increase in the cost of fuel in the quarter. The company generated record first-quarter revenue of approximately $12.6 billion and a GAAP operating margin of 0.1%. Excluding the impact of net special items1, American produced an operating margin of 0.6% in the first quarter.

Balance sheet

Strengthening the balance sheet remains a top priority for American. In the first quarter, the company reduced total debt3 by nearly $950 million and has now achieved more than $12 billion, or over 80%, of its goal of reducing total debt3 by $15 billion by the end of 2025.

Guidance and investor update

Based on present demand trends and the current fuel price forecast and excluding the impact of special items, the company expects its second-quarter 2024 adjusted earnings per diluted share4 to be between $1.15 and $1.45. The company continues to expect its full-year adjusted earnings per diluted share4 to be between $2.25 and $3.25.

For additional financial forecasting detail, please refer to the company’s investor update, furnished with this press release with the SEC on Form 8-K. This filing is also available at

Conference call and webcast details

The company will conduct a live audio webcast of its financial results conference call at 7:30 a.m. CT today. The call will be available to the public on a listen-only basis at An archive of the webcast will be available through May 25.


See the accompanying notes in the financial tables section of this press release for further explanation, including a reconciliation of all GAAP to non-GAAP financial information and the calculation of free cash flow.

  1. The company recognized $86 million of net special items in the first quarter after the effect of taxes, which included operating net special items of $70 million, principally related to one-time charges resulting from the ratification of a new collective bargaining agreement for its passenger service team members represented by the CWA-IBT, as well as nonoperating net special items of $46 million for charges associated with mark-to-market net unrealized losses on certain equity investments.
  2. Please see the accompanying notes for the company’s definition of free cash flow, which is a non-GAAP measure.
  3. All references to total debt include debt, finance and operating lease liabilities and pension obligations.
  4. Adjusted earnings per diluted share guidance excludes the impact of net special items. The company is unable to reconcile certain forward-looking information to GAAP as the nature or amount of net special items cannot be determined at this time.

Financial results

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Certain of the statements contained in this report should be considered forward-looking statements within the meaning of the Securities Act of 1933, as amended, the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended, and the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. These forward-looking statements may be identified by words such as “may,” “will,” “expect,” “intend,” “anticipate,” “believe,” “estimate,” “plan,” “project,” “could,” “should,” “would,” “continue,” “seek,” “target,” “guidance,” “outlook,” “if current trends continue,” “optimistic,” “forecast” and other similar words. Such statements include, but are not limited to, statements about the company’s plans, objectives, expectations, intentions, estimates and strategies for the future, and other statements that are not historical facts. These forward-looking statements are based on the company’s current objectives, beliefs and expectations, and they are subject to significant risks and uncertainties that may cause actual results and financial position and timing of certain events to differ materially from the information in the forward-looking statements. These risks and uncertainties include, but are not limited to, those set forth herein as well as in the company’s Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q for the quarter ended March 31, 2024 (especially in Part I, Item 2. Management’s Discussion and Analysis of Financial Condition and Results of Operations and Part II, Item 1A. Risk Factors), and other risks and uncertainties listed from time to time in the company’s other filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission. Additionally, there may be other factors of which the company is not currently aware that may affect matters discussed in the forward-looking statements and may also cause actual results to differ materially from those discussed. The company does not assume any obligation to publicly update or supplement any forward-looking statement to reflect actual results, changes in assumptions or changes in other factors affecting these forward-looking statements other than as required by law. Any forward-looking statements speak only as of the date hereof or as of the dates indicated in the statement.

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