American Airlines, headquartered in Dallas, has repaid a $2.8 billion loans to pay off three revolving credit facilities. Following a drop in demand for travel in the United States and around the world, the airline took out a loan in April.
American Airlines’ deficit is reduced by $2.8 billion by paying off credit balances. At the end of 2020, the United States’ debt has risen by 23% to a record of $41 billion. The three credit facilities, which are backed by 18 lenders, are open until October 2024. As a result, if necessary, the Airline will draw against them again.
Things at American Airlines are certainly looking good now, compared to a few months ago. Seat capacity on the network is now at 60% of what it was in the first quarter of 2019. This includes American’s significantly reduced international network. However, March 2021 was busier than March 2019 across America’s domestic United States network.
American Airlines has an average of 4,032 flights a day this week. This compares to an average of 3,335 flights a day in 2019 and just 1,435 flights a day last year during the same week. American Airlines expects to have $17 billion in cash on hand at the end of the first quarter of 2021. The airline is no longer seeking funding for the first time in 12 months.
With the recovery of American’s vital domestic US market, the airline is looking to retire its higher-cost debt and replace it with lower-cost debt. That’s essentially what happened in this case. American Airlines reportedly borrowed billions of dollars backed by the AAdvantage frequent flyer policy. Most of the funds received would be used to pay down higher-interest debt. One of the results was that the $2.8 billion redemptions have had little effect on America’s crucial liquidity rate.
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