Southwest Airlines’ fuel hedging meant less than in previous years when the price of oil fluctuated around $60 per barrel, as it did during the first few months of 2007, but it’s much more valuable with oil at more than $90 per barrel, as it was last month. The airline is hedged for about 90% of its fourth-quarter fuel requirements at the equivalent of an average oil price of $51 per barrel, and so is about 70% of its needs for full-year 2008. Southwest’s fuel-hedge savings increased in the ...


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