US Air Posts Loss, Hurt by Soaring Fuel Costs

By Reuters -  |  Posted 2008-01-24 Print this article Print

US Airways posted a quarterly loss, hurt by soaring fuel costs that have battered the airline industry.

CHICAGO (Reuters) - US Airways Group posted a quarterly loss on Thursday, hurt by soaring fuel costs that have battered the airline industry.

The low-cost airline's fourth-quarter loss amounted to $79 million, or 87 cents per share, compared with a profit of $12 million, or 13 cents per share, a year earlier.

Excluding one-time items, the company said its loss was 45 cents per share. On that basis, analysts' average forecast was a loss of 83 cents per share, according to Reuters Estimates.

Operating revenue fell 0.4 percent to $2.78 billion. The airline's fuel bill jumped 27 percent $730 million.

One-time items included a $99 million increase to long-term disability obligations for pilots, merger-related expenses of $15 million, and a $59 million non-cash credit for unrealized net gains associated the company's fuel hedge.

US Airways ended the quarter with $3 billion in cash and investments.

(Reporting by Kyle Peterson; editing by John Wallace)

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