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NetworkNewsBreaks – The Motley Fool Evaluates Four Major US Airlines Amid Bailout Request

A recent editorial by Brian Stoffel on The Motley Fool titled, ‘Is This the End of Stock Buybacks?’ discusses the drastic cuts made by four major U.S. airlines American Airlines Group, Inc. (NASDAQ: AAL), Delta Air Lines, Inc. (NYSE: DAL), United Airlines Holdings, Inc. (NASDAQ: UAL), and Southwest Airlines Company (NYSE: LUV). The article responds to the airlines’ request for Government support, originally asking for a $50 billion bailout which was later revised to $29 billion. Among other highlights, it also includes an in-depth look at these airlines’ free cash flow (“FCF”), share repurchases and stock-based value (payments) per year to CEOs. “It’s not fun to play games of chicken in times of crisis. But that’s the situation we’ve found ourselves in. Few would argue against the necessity of airlines. Fewer could reasonably argue airlines have been responsible stewards of capital,” author Brian Stoffel states in the article. “We need to find a solution that acknowledges both realities — and fast.”

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