According to Airlines for America, U.S. airlines improved their net profit margin in the first half of 2014. During the first six months of the year, airlines reported a 5% net profit margin, compared to 2.1% in the same period of 2013. "The airlines have coped very well," said John Heimlich, A4A chief economist. During the first half of the year, U.S. airlines also reinvested $7 billion in new aircraft and other improvements, Heimlich said.

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