Fitch Upgrades Various American Airlines EETCs; Affirms US Airways' EETCs

CHICAGO--()--Following the completion of the merger between American Airlines and US Airways, Fitch Ratings has taken the following actions on rated enhanced equipment trust certificates (EETCs) issued by American Airlines:

American Airlines Pass Through Trust Series 2013-1:

--$506.7 million class A certificates upgraded to 'A-' from 'BBB+';

--$156.6 million class B certificates upgraded to 'BB+' from 'B';

--$119.8 million class C certificates upgraded to 'B+' from 'CCC'.

All three classes of certificates were previously on Rating Watch Positive.

American Airlines Pass Through Trust Series 2013-2:

--$1,408 million class A certificates affirmed at 'BBB+';

--$512 million class B certificates upgraded to 'BB+' from 'B'.

The class B certificates were previously on Rating Watch Positive.

Rationale: Fitch initially rated the AA 2013-1 class A certificates 'BBB+' despite the structure's ability to pass Fitch's 'A' level stress test. The 'BBB+' rating reflected the inherent uncertainties involved with the bankruptcy process. The one notch upgrade follows the company's emergence from bankruptcy.

The B and C tranche ratings are notched from the 'B+' IDR of the underlying airline. The 'BB+' rating for the B tranche reflects a high affirmation factor (+2 notches) and the presence of an 18 month liquidity facility (+1 notch). The 'B+' rating for the C tranche reflects a high affirmation factor (+2 notches) and low recovery expectations (-2 notches). Fitch previously rated the B and C tranches 'B' and 'CCC', respectively, per Fitch's criteria for rating subordinated EETC tranches while the issuer is in bankruptcy.

The affirmation of the AA 2013-2 A tranche reflects Fitch's top down analysis in which loan-to-value (LTV) ratios remain below 100% in our 'BBB' level stress test. The AA 2013-2 A tranche does not pass Fitch's 'A' level stress test due to the inclusion of tier 2 and tier 3 aircraft in the collateral pool.

The class B certificate ratings are based on a high affirmation factor (+2 notches) and the presence of an 18 month liquidity facility (+1 notch). Fitch previously rated the B tranche 'B' as per Fitch's criteria for rating subordinated EETC tranches while the issuer is in bankruptcy.

Fitch has also affirmed the following ratings for EETCs issued by US Airways:

US Airways Pass Through Trust Series 2012-1:

--$378.8 million class A certificates at 'A-';

--$125 million class B certificates at 'BB+';

--$118.6 million class C certificates at 'B+'.

US Airways Pass Through Trust Series 2012-2:

--$418.1 million class A certificates at 'A-';

--$127.1 million class B certificates at 'BB+';

--$100 million class C certificates at 'B+'.

US Airways Pass Through Trust Series 2013-1:

--$620.1 million class A certificates at 'A-';

--$199.5 million class B certificates at 'BB+'.

Additional information is available at www.fitchratings.com.

Applicable Criteria and Related Research:

--'Rating Aircraft Enhanced Equipment Trust Certificates' (Sept. 12, 2013);

--'Recovery Ratings and Notching Criteria for Nonfinancial Corporate Issuers' (Nov. 19, 2013).

Applicable Criteria and Related Research:

Rating Aircraft Enhanced Equipment Trust Certificates

http://www.fitchratings.com/creditdesk/reports/report_frame.cfm?rpt_id=717763

Treatment and Notching of Hybrids in Nonfinancial Corporate and REIT Credit Analysis

http://www.fitchratings.com/creditdesk/reports/report_frame.cfm?rpt_id=696670

Additional Disclosure

Solicitation Status

http://www.fitchratings.com/gws/en/disclosure/solicitation?pr_id=811110

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Contacts

Fitch Ratings, Inc.
Primary Analyst
Joe Rohlena, CFA, +1-312-368-3112
Associate Director
70 W. Madison Street
Chicago, IL 60602
or
Secondary Analyst
Craig D. Fraser, +1-212-908-0310
Managing Director
or
Committee Chairperson
Sean Sexton, +1-312-368-3130
Managing Director
or
Media Relations
Brian Bertsch, New York, +1-212-908-0549
brian.bertsch@fitchratings.com

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Contacts

Fitch Ratings, Inc.
Primary Analyst
Joe Rohlena, CFA, +1-312-368-3112
Associate Director
70 W. Madison Street
Chicago, IL 60602
or
Secondary Analyst
Craig D. Fraser, +1-212-908-0310
Managing Director
or
Committee Chairperson
Sean Sexton, +1-312-368-3130
Managing Director
or
Media Relations
Brian Bertsch, New York, +1-212-908-0549
brian.bertsch@fitchratings.com