Delta Air Lines is targeting its unit cost performance as a key area where improvement is needed, acknowledging its third-quarter 4.8% year-over-year (YOY) CASM ex-fuel growth rate cannot be sustained long term. Atlanta-based Delta’s 2017 third-quarter net profit dropped 6% year-over-year (YOY) to $1.2 billion as lost revenue from Hurricane Irma and rising costs—particularly labor expenditures stemming from a new pilot contract—drove down bottom-line earnings. The carrier ...

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