LAN Airlines posted a profit of $23.8 million in a busy third quarter marked by record fuel prices and startup costs related to the launch of LAN Argentina. The figure represents a 34.6% drop from $36.4 million net income in the year-ago period. Operating income plunged 75.7% to $10.01 million from $41.1 million. Total operating revenues rose 17.6% to $622 million including a 24.1% jump in passenger revenue to $369.2 million. Cargo revenue climbed 7.5% to $216 million. Passenger RPKs were ...

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