Although it is too early to tell whether the second quarter marked the beginning of US passenger airlines' financial comeback or was merely a brief respite from years of red ink, flat capacity growth and strong demand were enough to overcome $2.10 fuel for at least three months. Following on the heels of a solid first period, the quarter ended June 30 clearly was the industry's best since 2000. For the first time since 9/11, the phrase "net income" appeared far more frequently in earnings ...

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