A one-time pre-tax gain of $40.3 million related to an adjustment in its maintenance accounting policy helped boost LAN Airlines' first-quarter bottom line, which showed a profit of $79.7 million, a 71.9% increase over year-ago net earnings of $46.3 million. Performance was flat excluding special gains. Higher yields and unit revenues helped lift turnover 19.8% to $728.2 million as a 34% hike in fuel costs sent operating expenses up at a similar 19.7% rate to $659.5 million. Operating income ...

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