Last year the U.S. airline industry posted its fourth consecutive profitable year. This is in sharp contrast to the decade prior to these years, when the industry was posting huge losses. Until as late as 2008, U.S. airlines were struggling to post operating profits. In 2008 alone, U.S. airlines posted operating losses of $5.6 billion. That however improved to operating profits of over $5 billion in 2012 and the profits in 2013 were even higher.

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