People who claim to be free-market capitalists are always happy to get a taxpayer funded bailout.
Here are some links showing the buyback and bailout numbers: For the 2001 bailout, see https://edition.cnn.com/2001/US/09/21/rec.congress.airline.deal/
For the $45 billion stock buyback, see https://www.theguardian.com/business/2020/mar/18/america-airlines-bailout-shareholders-coronavirus
or this, which puts the buyback at $47 billion. https://www.marketwatch.com/story/airlines-and-boeing-want-a-bailout-but-look-how-much-theyve-spent-on-stock-buybacks-2020-03-18