Will the Repo Man Come-a-knocking?

Discount and charter airline ATA is making a little bit of money — unique among airlines — but not enough to cover upcoming debt payments. They don’t have sufficient assets to pledge against additional loans to cover their $300 million in required payments. On the other hand, with the used aircraft market as soft as it is, Boeing is unlikely to simply want the planes back. I expect ATA’s management to be able to refinance. Since there’s actually some profit rolling in, flexibility will be Boeing’s best shot at repayment.

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Gary Leff is one of the foremost experts in the field of miles, points, and frequent business travel - a topic he has covered since 2002. Co-founder of frequent flyer community InsideFlyer.com, emcee of the Freddie Awards, and named one of the "World's Top Travel Experts" by Conde' Nast Traveler (2010-Present) Gary has been a guest on most major news media, profiled in several top print publications, and published broadly on the topic of consumer loyalty. More About Gary »

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