Rising yields, record load factors and a significant gain resulting from the sale of a portion of its stake in Panama's Copa Airlines helped Continental Airlines post a $237 million third-quarter profit, nearly four times the $61 million earned in the three months ended Sept. 30, 2005. Revenues rose 17.2% year-over-year to $3.52 billion against a 15% increase in operating expenses to $3.33 billion. Fuel costs jumped 25.4% to $858 million. Operating income surged 76.1% to $192 million from ...

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