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Southwest Airlines: making it look easy

Joe Brancatelli:

By some estimates, the country's major carriers have consumed perhaps $100 billion in capital during the past decade, but Southwest Airlines continues to be profitable. It's been in the black for 33 consecutive years . . . Its balance sheet, with about $3 billion in cash on hand and $600 million in available credit, is the envy of an otherwise fuel-price-ravaged industry.

Michael Lewis snarkily predicts worse is coming for the airlines.