SOURCE: Paragon Financial Limited

Paragon Financial Limited

July 09, 2012 08:20 ET

JetBlue Airways and US Airways Group Show Investors Admirable Gains in 2012

The Paragon Report Provides Stock Research on JetBlue Airways and US Airways Group

NEW YORK, NY--(Marketwire - Jul 9, 2012) - Despite growing concerns of a global economic slowdown the U.S. Airlines Industry has shown investors impressive gains this year. The Guggenheim Airline ETF (FAA) is up nearly 20 percent year-to-date, more than doubling the SPDR S&P 500 ETF (SPY) gain of 8 percent over the same period. The Paragon Report examines investing opportunities in the Airlines Industry and provides equity research on JetBlue Airways Corporation (NASDAQ: JBLU) and US Airways Group, Inc. (NYSE: LCC).

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The International Air Transport Association (IATA) last week reported that global airline companies posted a considerable loss in the first quarter of 2012. The IATA reported that 55 airlines across the world collectively posted a net loss of over $1 billion. The results compare with a post-tax profit of $17 million in the first quarter of 2011. The European and Asian airlines suffered the biggest losses, while U.S. airlines posted a strong profit of $518 million after posting a small loss the year prior.

"The airline industry is fragile," stated Tony Tyler, IATA's director general and CEO. "Relief in oil prices provides some good news. Unfortunately, the softness in oil markets comes on the back of fears of deterioration in the European economy. Business and consumer confidence are falling. And we are seeing the first signs of that in slowing demand and softer load factors."

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JetBlue reported record first quarter operating revenues of $1.2 billion, an increase of 18.9 percent versus last year. Starting July 1, 2012, members of JetBlue's customer loyalty program TrueBlue will be able to earn TrueBlue points across Emirates' network of more than 120 destinations worldwide, while Emirates' Skywards members will be able to earn Skywards Miles on JetBlue's network throughout the Americas.

US Airways Group last week announced June, quarter and year-to-date 2012 traffic results. Mainline revenue passenger miles (RPMs) for the month were 5.8 billion, up 1.7 percent versus June 2011. Mainline capacity was 6.7 billion available seat miles (ASMs), up 2.3 percent versus June 2011. Shares of the company have soared over 170 percent year-to-date.

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