- American Airlines posted higher profits despite problems stemming from the Boeing 737 Max.
- The airline has improved operations from snags that hit travelers with canceled or delayed flights last year.
The Fort Worth,Texas-based carrier on Thursday posted net income of $414 million for the last three months of 2019, up more than 27% from a year earlier. Revenue rose 3.4% to $11.31 billion, just above Wall Street expectations.
Boeing this week said it doesn't expect regulators to sign off on the planes until midyear, meaning airlines won't have the planes in time for the lucrative summer season.
But the jet's grounding was not American's only problem in 2019. Operational struggles forced it to cancel or delay thousands of flights.
"While our results for the quarter reflect this progress, we know there is more work to be done," CEO Doug Parker said in a press release announcing the results. The company will focus on improving its operations, fortifying its hub airports and driving up cash flow, he added.
American reported earnings per share of $1.15 on an adjusted basis, a penny higher than average analysts' estimates compiled by FactSet. The airline expects to earn between $4 and $6 a share in 2020, in line with Wall Street forecasts.