IF THERE IS A SILVER LINING TO the pall that high fuel prices have cast over the airline industry during the past three-and-a-half years, it is that it has forced carriers to say a final goodbye to hundreds of old aircraft that have lingered far too long. Absent $70-per-barrel crude that made those metallic fossils economically as well as technologically obsolete, carriers well might have surrendered to the primal urge to add marginal-cost capacity at the first sign of rising travel ...

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