Airlines' Forecast a Little Less Cloudy; Revenue Showing Effects of Cost Cutting

The long-suffering airline industry appears poised to break a five-year earnings losing streak this year, but not before major carriers have to clean up the mess of last year's sky-high fuel prices.

Those protections will gradually fade in coming years. Southwest chief executive Gary Kelly wants his carrier to reach pretax margins of 15 percent, but Southwest will have to find more revenue to combat its rising fuel burden, analysts say.



Airline Date Estimate

Continental Today -$109 million

AMR Corp. Wednesday -$396 million

Southwest Wednesday $95 million

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