British Airways reported a consolidated net loss of £49 million in its fiscal first half ended Sept. 30, which implied a steep second-quarter deficit of £76 million, a reversal from earnings of £333 million in the three months ended Sept. 30, 2007. BA released six-month figures Friday and reported that half-year revenue climbed 6.4% year-over-year to £4.75 billion. But operating costs surged 18.2% to £4.61 billion, due primarily to the "dramatic" 52% increase in fuel ...

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