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Most Profitable Airlines Made in America as Values Surge

The bankruptcies, mergers and jet-fuel shocks that rocked U.S. airlines during the last decade yielded a surprising result: the world’s most profitable carriers.

U.S. airlines led by Delta now hold the top spots in the global industry by operating income and market value, according to data compiled by Bloomberg. Just five years ago, European and Asian companies including Singapore Airlines and Lufthansa dominated the field.