Few airlines lay claim to being consistently and highly profitable, but those that do share a number of key traits. A handful of airlines have delivered attractive, consistent financial results to their shareholders. In the first of a multipart Executive Insights series, L.E.K.’s John Thomas and Spencer Stuart’s Michael Bell and Thierry Lindenau examine how the industry’s top players have achieved and maintained their success.

This series looks “behind the curtain” at what these top performing airlines, and other financial standouts, are doing to deliver outstanding shareholder returns.

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