Shares of United Airlines are falling after the company gave a weak forecast for its revenue in the first three months of 2021
United Airlines officials said Thursday that travel will recover from the pandemic, but they just don’t know when, and investors appeared to punish the airline for that doubt and a cautious outlook for early 2021.
The comments came one day after United reported a $1.9 billion loss in the fourth quarter, slightly worse than expected. United also gave a slightly more pessimistic first-quarter outlook than rival Delta Air Lines did just last week.
The January-through-March period is a slow time for air travel even in normal years, but United said first-quarter revenue will be down 65% to 70% from a year ago. That prediction was five points worse than Delta forecast and implied no real improvement over United’s fourth…
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