United Airlines earned a $147 million net profit in the 2018 first quarter, up 48.5% over $99 million in net income in the 2017 first quarter. Revenue was up 7.2% year-over-year (YOY) while expenses increased 8% YOY, including a 26% jump in aircraft fuel costs. Operating income was $276 million, down 13.8% YOY. At Aviation Week Network’s MRO Americas conference in Orlando last week, United president Scott Kirby noted that 2017 marked the best operational performance in United’s ...

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