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Research Driven Investing

March 21, 2013 08:20 ET

Airlines Continue to Thrive Despite Poor Global Economic Conditions

RDInvesting Provides Stock Research on US Airways Group and United Continental Holdings

NEW YORK, NY--(Marketwire - Mar 21, 2013) - The Airlines Industry has had an impressive start to the year despite difficult global economic conditions. The Claymore/NYSE Arca Airline ETF (FAA) has surged approximately 23 percent year-to-date, more than double the Down Jones gain of 10.65 percent. Research Driven Investing examines investing opportunities in the Airlines Industry and provides equity research on US Airways Group, Inc. (NYSE: LCC) and United Continental Holdings Inc. (NYSE: UAL).

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The International Air Transport Association recently raised their profit forecast for the global airline industry in 2013 to $10.6 billion, due largely to increases in passengers and cargo. Industry revenues are projected to increase to $671 billion, compared to $637 billion in 2012. Costs are also expected to rise to $649 billion from $623 billion last year.

"The improvements in industry profitability are encouraging. But they must be kept in perspective. We are projecting that airlines will make a net profit of $10.6 billion on $671 billion in industry revenue," said Tony Tyler, director general and CEO of IATA. "By comparison, last year, Nestle, a single company, made over $11.5 billion in profit on a revenue of about $100 billion."

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US Airways, along with US Airways Shuttle and US Airways Express, operates more than 3,000 flights per day and serves 198 communities in the U.S., Canada, Mexico, Europe, the Middle East, the Caribbean, Central and South America. US Airways are expected to release results for the first quarter 2013 on Monday, April 22nd. Shares of the company have gained over 25 percent year-to-date.

United Airlines and United Express operate an average of 5,472 flights a day to 381 airports across six continents. In 2012, United and United Express carried more passenger traffic than any other airline in the world. The company is also expected to release results for the first quarter 2013 on Monday, April 22nd. Shares of United Continental Holdings have surged nearly 40 percent in 2013.

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