July 12, 2020

American Airlines is in Deep Financial Stress

[The Street, Getty Images]

American Airlines does not have the financing for Boeing 737 Max aircraft it ordered. Repercussions are many.

In addition to not having financing, The company does not have sufficient passengers. So AA Threatens to Cancel Some Orders.

American executives told their Boeing counterparts in recent weeks they didn’t have sufficient financing for some of their MAX orders and would have to cancel them unless Boeing helped secure funding for the jets, the people familiar with the matter said.

Airlines and plane makers often posture during such negotiations, but the American-Boeing friction marks a twist in the 737 MAX saga. It was American whose push for a new fuel-efficient jet in 2011 helped spur Boeing to develop the MAX, an updated version of its decades-old 737 workhorse, rather than a new single-aisle aircraft.

For Boeing, losing American Airlines ’ 737 MAX orders would add to the Chicago aerospace giant’s worsening financial woes. After a loss of $636 million last year, it has announced plans to sharply reduce production and shed 10% of its 160,000-employee workforce.

In June, Norwegian Air Shuttle AS A became the latest airline to walk away from the 737 MAX, saying it was canceling its orders for 92 of the jets. That followed 313 earlier cancellations by other customers this year.

United Warns It May Cut 36,000 Employees

On July 8, I noted United Warns It May Cut 36,000 Employees

On June 30, the New York Times reported Airbus, Expecting Long Slump in Air Travel, Will Slash 15,000 Jobs.

Airbus A350 aircraft at the company’s factory near Toulouse, France, this month. Credit…Stephane Mahe/Reuters

Airbus CEO, Guillaume Faury, said he didn’t expect air travel to return to pre-virus levels before 2023 and potentially not until 2025.

Cascading Stress

Layoffs in the airlines leads to layoffs at the plane makers. Airlines in stress puts further stress on Boeing and Airbus. 

A Surge in Small Business Bankruptcies is Underway

Nearly everywhere you look there is cascading stress. A Surge in Small Business Bankruptcies is Underway

We can debate what the Next Stimulus Will Look Like, but many of these jobs are not  coming back, ever.

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