United Airlines parent United Continental Holdings earned net income of $789 million for the second quarter, up 68.2% over a net profit $469 million in the prior-year period, on a 3.6% rise in revenue to $8.98 billion. United has lagged the US industry’s financial recovery, reporting a first-quarter net loss of $609 million, but appears to be making some headway toward consistent profitability. Chairman, president and CEO Jeff Smisek told analysts and reporters he was “pleased ...

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