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Delta Airlines Sees Profits Soar In 2014

**FILE** Delta Air Lines jets line up on the tarmac at Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport in Atlanta, Ga., in this Nov. 22, 2006 file photo.  Delta will launch non-stop service between Atlanta to London's Heathrow Airport once the open skies agreement, inked last May to end rules under which U.S. and European governments had to negotiate airlines' access to new markets, takes effect Sunday, March 30, 2008. (AP Photo/Ric Feld, file)
**FILE** Delta Air Lines jets line up on the tarmac at Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport in Atlanta, Ga., in this Nov. 22, 2006 file photo. Delta will launch non-stop service between Atlanta to London's Heathrow Airport once the open skies agreement, inked last May to end rules under which U.S. and European governments had to negotiate airlines' access to new markets, takes effect Sunday, March 30, 2008. (AP Photo/Ric Feld, file)
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Delta Airlines is soaring.

“They got numbers that airlines used to hope for during peak quarters,” says airline analyst Seth Kaplan.

The Atlanta-based carrier earned $2.8 billion in net profit, excluding special items, in 2014.

That is the biggest profit in Delta’s history, topping 2013’s data.

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Less expensive fuel also helped the bottom line; although, Delta didn’t save as much money as it could have because it purchased the fuel in advance.

All carriers are benefiting from cheaper prices at the pump.

“They’re flying a schedule that they planned back when they expected fuel to be much more expensive.  So, basically they get the benefit of those falling fuel prices,” says Kaplan.

The overall industry also benefits from mergers causing less competition and the fees it charges customers.