Airlines have adopted a more disciplined approach to their supply, demand and capacity models as they manage for profit versus share. They now use aircraft with more seats than they used to and operate more long-haul flights. In 2000, the average passenger trip length was about 870 miles; that is set to hit 1,025 miles either this year or next year. Hudson Crossing analyst Henry Harteveldt noted that a "consistently profitable" airline business could serve the broader travel industry in the long term.
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