Southwest Airlines joins other U.S. carriers with record profits

April 24, 2015 1:23 AM

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Southwest Airlines Co., joining a string of airlines reporting record first-quarter earnings, said Thursday that it earned $453 million in the three months that ended March 31.

That topped the Dallas carrier’s previous record for the first quarter, set last year, of $152 million, by nearly three times. In fact, the quarter trailed only the $465 million posted in last year’s second quarter as the best three months in Southwest’s history.

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