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Bacardi vs. American Airlines: Lawsuit claims $65K worth of booze 'lost or stolen'

The liquor company filed a lawsuit Tuesday demanding American Airlines pay for the $65,000 worth of booze they claim was either lost or stolen.

DALLAS — The liquor company Bacardi has sued Fort Worth-based American Airlines after hundreds of cases of cognac went missing from one of its flights, according to court documents.

Bacardi filed a lawsuit Tuesday in U.S. District Court in California, demanding American Airlines pay for them back for the booze they claim was either "lost or stolen." 

The lawsuit said a cargo of 24 pallets containing 1,680 cases of cognac was delivered to American Airlines for transport from Paris, France, to Los Angeles, Calif. The lawsuit claims that "six pallets and three cases were lost or stolen."

According to the lawsuit, the missing cargo of cognac was worth more than $65,000.

WFAA has reached out to both American Airlines and Bacardi for comment.

American Airlines also released its first quarter earnings report on Thursday, reporting it lost $1.6 billion. 

The airline said the first quarter was difficult, but it expects to turn a profit in the second quarter as more people return to travel. 

American said its first quarter deficit was marred by thousands of flight cancellations, many of them because pilots and flight attendants were out with COVID-19. 

American added, however, that March was much better with revenue double what it was a year ago, and it's back to 84% of pre-pandemic levels. American said it expects to earn a profit in the second quarter, minus certain expenses.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.


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