Will American Airlines Or Delta Stock Grow More By 2025?
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American Airlines Vs. Delta Stock
Last week, Benzinga reported marked optimism surrounding a vaccine which lifted the travel and airline outlook. Both American Airlines and Delta stock were trading higher as a result.
American Airlines is the world's largest airline by scheduled revenue passenger miles. After completing a major fleet renewal, American also has the youngest fleet among U.S. legacy carriers.
As far as financials are concerned, in October American Airlines reported third-quarter revenue of $3.17 billion declined by 73.36% from the same period last year, which beat the estimate of $2.76 billion.
Meanwhile, Delta is known for being one of the world's largest airlines, flying to more than 325 destinations in 60 countries. Delta operates flights in a hub-and-spoke system network, where it gathers and distributes passengers across the globe through key locations in Atlanta, New York, Salt Lake City, Detroit, Seattle, and Minneapolis-St. Paul.
In addition, Delta's sale of frequent flyer miles, particularly to American Express (NYSE:AXP), is a major driver of the airline’s profits.
Amid the pandemic, Delta reported third-quarter total revenue of $3.062 billion decreased by 75.62% year over year, which missed the estimate of $3.110 billion.
Sentiment between American Airlines and Delta from our study was split. A number of investors voiced that both airlines will sharply recover once the pandemic has subsided, but repeated that Delta should focus on offering lower-cost flights to attract customers in the interim.
One investor summarized the demand for low-cost flights by responding, "I believe the pandemic will be over in 2021 and fuel prices will be at an all-time low. I favor American Airlines to grow more, who provides more budget-conscious flights than Delta, but I see both succeeding in the near-future once the public health."
As far as competition is concerned, it can be said that low-cost ticket models in the vein of Spirit (NYSE:SAVE) or JetBlue (NASDAQ:JBLU) pricing strategies have the potential to lead travel demand once the pandemic subsides.
As the American economy recovers, and if vacation travel were to return by summer 2021 budget-conscious travelers may seek accommodations from Spirit and JetBlue in order to maintain balance checkbooks.
A little over 52% of traders and investors said Delta's stock will grow more by 2025, while 47.7% said American Airlines stock would grow more.
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This survey was conducted by Benzinga in December 2020 and included the responses of a diverse population of adults 18 or older.
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