Delta Airlines has profited from being unaffected by the grounding of Boeing 737 Max jets. The airline reported a 39.3% rise in profit during its second-quarter 2019 results, which it attributes to higher fares and flying fuller planes. Net income rose to $1.44 billion in the quarter, compared with $1.04 billion a year earlier. Total operating revenue rose 6.5% to $12.54 billion. Ed Bastian, Delta’s chief executive officer, said: “Our record June quarter financial and operating results demonstrate that we are translating our powerful brand and competitive advantages into earnings growth, margin expansion and solid returns for our owners.  “Our

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