TEMPE, Ariz., July 22 (UPI) -- US Airways Group, Inc. said its second quarter losses were reflective of the rising cost of jet fuel, a problem plaguing the airline industry.
The owners of US Airways and America West Airlines reported a net loss of $567 million in the second quarter, compared with a profit of $263 million a year ago, the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review reported.
The results "reflect the unprecedented rise in fuel process," Chief Executive Officer Doug Parker said.
On the positive side, revenue grew 3.2 percent in the quarter to nearly $3.26 billion and Parker said the company's cash level, at $2.8 billion, was "strong," the newspaper reported.
Looking forward, Parker said the airline was expecting a $400 million boost from new fees, sales of drinks and operating cost reductions in 2008, the report said.