Mesa Air Group posted a $13 million net profit in the first fiscal quarter ending Dec. 31, a 6.4% decline from $13.9 million earned in the year-ago quarter. The drop occurred despite a 22.2% rise in operating revenue to $323.6 million, which the carrier attributed to the addition of 13 regional jets to its fleet during calendar 2005. Expenses climbed 24.6% to $294.8 million, driven by a 56.2% hike in fuel costs to $104.8 million. Operating income rose just 1.8% to $28.8 million. "In spite of ...

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