Iberia, which late last week placed an order for up to 79 Airbus aircraft (ATWOnline, Feb. 28), posted a consolidated profit after tax and minority interests of eur218.4 million ($289.4 million) for 2004, a 53% increase over net income of eur34.9 million in the previous year and the second-best profit ever recorded by the company. For the fourth quarter ended Dec. 31, consolidated net profit rose 53.1% on the year-ago period from eur34.9 million to eur53.4 million. Annual operating revenue ...

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