United Airlines sees 2023 profit jump amid tight capacity

Eyeing another year of strong travel demand and limited airline industry capacity, United Airlines projected a big jump in 2023 profits Tuesday after releasing fourth-quarter earnings that topped expectations.

The big US carrier forecast 2023 profits of between $10 and $12 per share, which is more than four times the level from last year.

United reported profits of $843 million for the fourth quarter, compared with a loss of $646 million in the year-ago period.

Revenues rose 51 percent from a year ago to $12.4 billion.

United called the post-pandemic airline environment an “unprecedented opportunity,” according to a company PowerPoint presentation.

The airline’s forecast includes a skeptical appraisal of the industry’s ability to increase capacity in 2023, calling the targets “unachievable, similar to 2022,” the presentation added.

Limited air industry capacity has boosted airplane ticket prices and airline profits, as consumers seek out travel after the pandemic grounded many people.

Key constraints on capacity include a continued pilot shortage, along with delays in the manufacturing and delivery of new planes from Boeing and Airbus.

Another factor is the fact that airlines and US air traffic control have “outgrown tech infrastructure,” the company said.

The United presentation characterized elevated flight cancelations as “proof of the real-world constraints on growth.”

Shares of United jumped 2.3 percent to $52.38 in after-hours trading.

Agence France-Presse

ANA, JAL see profits soar on travel recovery

Japan’s leading air carriers ANA Holdings and Japan Airlines posted net profits for the nine months to December, turning around losses as domestic and international travel resume, the companies said Thursday.

Usapang Bilyonaryo
Bilyo-cnn-logo

Usapang Bilyonaryo” is a digital-first, hybrid magazine show hosted and produced by veteran broadcast journalist Ces Oreña-Drilon in cooperation with the Bilyonaryo.com team. The 30-minute TV cut airs on CNN Philippines at 8 PM every Monday, starting January 16. The full version or producer’s cut of each episode, as well as interview splices, will be posted on Bilyonaryo.com’s Youtube and Facebook accounts.

 

ub-rlc-mobile
In cooperation with
bilyoabryo-rlc-2

Brought to you in part by