The more things change at Southwest Airlines, the more they stay the same. Facing record fuel prices, sagging demand and leaner competition, the carrier slowed its once-inexorable growth and worked on revenue initiatives like its Business Select product that might conflict with its populist image. But while the company changes, the results do not: SWA yesterday reported yet another increase in full-year profit, this time a 29.3% boost to $645 million from the $499 million earned in 2006. ...

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