Reports are emerging that Delta Air Lines is bidding for ConocoPhillips’s Trainer refinery in Pennsylvania. As predicted by this editorial team in Aviation News Online on several occasions, airlines owning refineries makes perfect sense. The reality is that there is not nearly enough new refining capacity coming on line and this will without doubt send aviation fuel ever higher and increase the crack spread. However, it makes sense for an airline alliance to club together to purchase an oil refinery rather than a single airline but Delta has at least recognised the problem. Critics of the move have suggested that

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