Delta Air Lines now expects a 3%-4% operating margin in the third quarter, up from the 1%-3% forecast in July, and a breakeven margin for the full year, it said in a US Securities and Exchange filing released yesterday. DL posted a $482 million operating loss in the first half of 2009. Consolidated unit costs excluding fuel are expected to rise 1%-2% year-over-year in the third quarter and 2%-3% for the full year. The third quarter forecast compares to a 0%-2% guidance issued in July. ...

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