We are all painfully aware that the opening decade of this century was disastrous for our industry. The financial fallout of 9/11 was devastating for U.S. airlines. Revenues dropped from about $130 billion in 2000 to $107 billion in 2002. Losses of nearly $20 billion were reported in 2001-02, and between 2001-05, losses were almost $58 billion.  We rebounded with a $26 billion profit in 2006-07. But then more disaster struck with soaring oil prices and the global financial crisis. U.S. ...

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