Southwest Airlines continues to mint money despite high fuel costs and the hurricanes that shuttered its New Orleans operation for three weeks. Citing record load factors and traffic and modest fare increases, the carrier reported a third-quarter net profit of $227 million, up 90.8% over $119 million earned in the year-ago ago period. Excluding $87 million in unrealized gains associated with derivative instruments, the current-period profit was $174 million, a 46.2% rise over 2004. CEO Gary ...

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