The 10 publicly traded U.S. passenger airlines collectively reported a pretax profit margin of 14.2% in 2016, according to Washington-based lobbying group Airlines for America (A4A). Based on pretax earnings of $22.3 billion, the 2016 profit margin was 0.5 point lower than 2015. Compared to other major U.S. corporations’ 2016 pretax profit margins, the combined 10 U.S. airlines’ profit margin falls in between Ford Motor Co. (4.5%) and Starbucks (19.7%), according to A4A. As an ...

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