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Virgin America posts a rare Q2 profit, boost traffic

Virgin America, which had been in the red for quite some years now, has achieved a rare feat. Out of the blue, an elated Virgin America has announced a turnaround in its fortune. The airline has posted a rare quarterly profit reflecting an upbeat mood.

Virgin America recently announced it has made gains during the second quarter of 2013. The airline’s Q2 results amply indicated that it has been able to attract more passengers and tried to offset losses because of a decline in fuel prices of late.

Founded in 2007, the San Francisco-based Virgin America is still to post an annual profit. The airline is desperate to improve its finances and has slowed its growth hoping for a miraculous boost in its revenue earnings.

Virgin America said that it succeeded in posting net income of $8.8 million for Q2 ending June 30. The airline’s revenue increased 8 percent to $376.1 million. The passenger traffic of the airline grew 5.6 percent, even though its flying capacity was about flat. Virgin America had last year announced a loss of $31.8 million in its earnings.