American Airlines incurred a $1.1 billion second quarter net loss as it outlined three strategies to emerge from the red.
The airline plans to operate more than 150 new routes this summer and expects to fly more than 90% of US domestic capacity and 80% of international compared to pre-pandemic summer 2019.
More than 3,000 staff are being brought back to handle the recovery with thousands of flight attendants also due to return to work in the autumn.
American has hired nearly 3,500 new employees so far in 2021 and plans to hire 350 pilots this year and more than 1,000 pilots and 800 flight attendants in 2022.
Second quarter revenue reached $7.5 billion, up 87% from the previous three months.
The airline ended the second quarter with a record liquidity of $21.3 billion.
The carrier aims to strengthen its business and return to profitability by focusing on creating a world-class customer experience, make culture a competitive advantage and building on plans to “thrive forever”.
Chairman and chief executive Doug Parker said: “We have reshaped our network, simplified our fleet and made our cost structure more efficient, all to create an airline that will outperform competitors and deliver for customers.
“The green flag has dropped and we are ready thanks to the tremendous efforts and dedication of the American Airlines team.”