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U.S. Majors Keep Expanding Internationally, Contracting Domestically
Nothing succeeds like success. The big U.S. international airlines, profitable once more, are sticking with a key element of the strategy that got them back into black ink: expansion of international service and contraction of domestic capacity.
The six carriers are by no means in lockstep—international-capacity increases at the six airlines during the past three years varied from 53.2% at Delta Air Lines, mostly in Atlantic markets, to 0.4% at Northwest Airlines, which grew 13% in the Atlantic but shrank 6.3% in its Pacific stronghold.