US airlines’ expenses grew at more than twice the rate of revenue in the 2017 first half, leading to a 23.3% year-over-year (YOY) decline in pre-tax profitability. Airlines for America (A4A) reported that the nine publicly traded mainline US passenger airlines (Alaska Airlines/Virgin America, Allegiant Air, American Airlines, Delta Air Lines, Hawaiian Airlines, JetBlue Airways, Southwest Airlines, Spirit Airlines and United Airlines) earned a collective pre-tax profit of $9.2 billion ...

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