LAN Airlines reported third-quarter net income of $80.4 million, up 2% from $78.8 million in the year-ago period, and said it is optimistic about 2009 despite economic uncertainty. The Santiago de Chile-based carrier plans to raise passenger capacity 10% and cargo capacity 8% next year. "We continue to see opportunities for expansion in the region," CFO Alejandro de la Fuente told analysts yesterday. "We believe that our financial strength and diverse business strategy will give us the ...

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