United Airlines parent United Continental Holdings posted 2014 net income of $1.13 billion, up 98% over a $571 million net profit in 2013, as the Chicago-based company appears to finally have serious earnings momentum after several years of financial and operational struggles. “We improved our operation meaningfully throughout 2014,” chairman, president and CEO Jeff Smisek told analysts and reporters Thursday, noting that he expects the company to achieve even “far better ...

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