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Bacardi is suing American Airlines for missing cognac cases worth $65,000

Liquor giant Bacardi has reportedly filed a lawsuit against American Airlines, alleging in federal court that the Texas-based airline lost track of more than $65,000 worth of cases of alcohol.

The lawsuit, filed in US District Court in California, alleges that a large shipment of French cognac made by Bacardi-owned brands disappeared in transit while owned by the airlines and has not been recovered.

The US-based Bacardi branch said it has yet to be compensated for the missing alcohol – and claims that American Airlines was responsible for the bill.

“During the possession, custody and control of [American Airlines]six pallets and three boxes were lost or stolen,” the lawsuit states.

Bacardi said the shipment entrusted to American Airlines contained a total of 24 pallets, or 1,680 cases, of cognac. It is unclear which brand or brands of cognac were included in the shipment.

That Dallas morning news, which first reported on the lawsuit, noted that each pallet contains about 70 cases of alcohol. Bacardi said the total bill from the missing alcohol was $65,820.72.

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Bacardi said the missing liquor was a batch of cognac.
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Representatives from American Airlines and Bacardi did not immediately respond to requests for comment on the lawsuit.

Like other airlines, American Airlines is in the midst of a recovery effort after months of major flight and travel disruptions during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Earlier this week, a federal judge overturned a mandate requiring passengers to wear masks while traveling on planes, trains and other public transportation.

Bacardi said the shipment entrusted to American Airlines contained a total of 24 pallets of cognac.
Bacardi said the shipment entrusted to American Airlines contained a total of 24 pallets of cognac.
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American Airlines shares rose sharply in Thursday trading after the company posted a smaller-than-expected loss in the first quarter. The airline also said it expects to return to profitability in the second quarter due to a sharp increase in travel demand.

In its earnings release, the company said it had record sales in March — the first time monthly revenue has exceeded pre-pandemic levels.

Of American Airlines’ $8.9 billion in revenue in the first quarter, $364 million came from cargo shipping operations.

https://nypost.com/2022/04/21/bacardi-sues-american-airlines-over-missing-cases-of-cognac-worth-65k/ Bacardi is suing American Airlines for missing cognac cases worth $65,000

DUSTIN JONES

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