Financially, the global airline business has never looked stronger as a business. While the world’s airlines collectively might not be quite as profitable in 2017 as they were in 2016, it looks increasingly likely they will get close to 2016’s record net profit.  IATA in June revised its global airline industry profit forecast for 2017 upwards by 5.4% to a net profit of $31.4 billion, citing a stronger-than-expected global economy. The new forecasted net profit for 2017 is ...

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