United Continental Holdings was the most profitable US major in the second quarter. Photo: Courtesy, United The US's seven largest airline companies (counting Southwest Airlines and AirTran Airways as one) earned a collective net profit of $876 million for the second quarter, ATW calculated. The result is essentially cut in half from a $1.63 billion net profit in the prior-year period, but it is notable that six of the seven companies were in the black. An 11% boost in combined ...

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