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American Airlines' profit surges on lower fuel costs but revenue slips
American Airlines' profit surges on lower fuel costs but revenue slips

American Airlines' parent said Friday that the steep drop in fuel costs helped its first-quarter profit nearly double from a year earlier. But American Airlines Group Inc. said its revenue slipped 1.7% to $9.83 billion due to increasing competition, the strong U.S. dollar and economic softness in Latin America. The nation's largest carrier joined other airlines, including United Continental Holdings Inc. and Southwest Airlines Co., in posting sharply higher first-quarter earnings with the help of lower fuel expenses. American, with 577 aircraft in its fleet, said fuel costs in the three months ended March 31 tumbled 43% from a year earlier to $1.54 billion. The Fort...

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