News Summary: American Airlines posts 4Q loss

Published on NewsOK Modified: January 28, 2014 at 2:57 pm •  Published: January 28, 2014

BEATING EXPECTATIONS: American Airlines Group Inc. lost $2 billion in the fourth quarter due to $2.4 billion in restructuring and merger-related charges. Without those costs, which included giving stock to American's labor unions, American and US Airways would have earned a combined $436 million, or 59 cents per share, better than analysts' forecast of 55 cents per share.

REVENUE UP: The combined revenue of the company's two airlines rose 8.7 percent to $9.98 billion, also beating expectations. A key measure of how much passengers paid per mile rose 5 percent.

MERGER CHALLENGE: CEO Doug Parker said the company formed by December's merger is off to a good start. But he acknowledged the challenge of combining two airlines "and making sure that we go do what we set out to do."