Insisting that his carrier has "a number of weapons to choose from," Southwest Airlines CEO Gary Kelly told reporters and analysts at the company's Dallas headquarters this week that a 15% increase in year-end earnings remains a goal for both 2006 and 2007. On the heels of a difficult third quarter during which net profit fell 77% (ATWOnline, Oct. 20), Kelly said Southwest expects fuel prices to continue to rise for the next four years and that "we know our focus now, and for the next ...

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