LAN Airlines posted net earnings of $86.1 million in the first quarter, an 8.1% increase over a year-ago profit of $79.7 million, a result that included a one-time nonoperating gain of $33.7 million. A 14.2% lift in operating revenues to $831.3 million--which included a 23% jump in passenger turnover to $537.4 million thanks to expanded international services--coupled with a 7.3% rise in expenses resulted in a 79.8% surge in operating income to $123.5 million. LAN said its revamped domestic ...

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