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JetBlue shares fell after the airline cut its 2024 revenue forecast

JetBlue shares fell after the airline cut its 2024 revenue forecast

A passenger silhouette in front of a JetBlue Airbus A321neo spotted on the tarmac at the bridge of the passenger aircraft from Amsterdam Schiphol International Airport AMS EHAM terminal in the Netherlands.

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JetBlue Airlines Shares fell more than 13% in premarket trading Tuesday after the airline cut its 2024 revenue forecast, a setback as it tries to return to profitability.

The carrier said second-quarter revenue will likely fall by as much as 10.5% year over year, more than double the decline expected by analysts polled by LSEG. New York-JetBlue expects full-year sales to fall in the low single digits, also below Wall Street expectations, after estimating flat sales for the year in its January report.

JetBlue has been cutting costs, culling unprofitable routes and focusing on those with consistent demand and high premium seat sales. The carrier last month canceled its merger agreement with the budget carrier Spirit Airlines After the judge blocked that $3.8 billion deal for antitrust reasons.

Tuesday's forecast update shows a growing divide between JetBlue and its larger rivals with large international networks such as Delta And unitedwhich expected strong profits, revenues and record demand this summer.

“As we look to the full year, there is a significant increase in capacity in our Latin region [America] “The region, which represents a significant portion of JetBlue's network, is likely to continue to put pressure on revenues and we expect a setback in our full-year outlook,” said Joanna Geraghty, who became CEO in February. In the earnings statement. “We have every confidence that continuing to take action on our refocused independent strategy is the right path forward to ultimately return to profitability again.”

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JetBlue stock fell on Tuesday.

JetBlue is affected by a Pratt & Whitney engine recall that grounded some of its planes. In an investor presentation on Tuesday, the airline said it was “actively exploring” further cost reductions.

JetBlue said earlier this year that it would postpone $2.5 billion in aircraft spending until the end of the year.

In the first three months of the year, JetBlue lost $716 million, or $2.11 per share, compared to a loss of $192 million, or 58 cents per share, in the same period in 2023.

After adjusting for one-time items, including break-up charges related to the failed Spirit merger, JetBlue lost $145 million, or 43 cents per share, lower than the 52 cents adjusted loss forecast by analysts polled by LSEG.

Revenue declined 5.1% from a year ago to $2.21 billion, which was in line with LSEG's revenue forecast.

Bright spots included strong demand for peak travel, domestic and European flights “as well as continued strong demand for our premium seating options,” said JetBlue President Marty St. George, who returned to the airline earlier this year.

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