Delta Air Lines

 
Airlines such as US Airways and Delta are rated higher on average by analysts than 92 per cent of US companies. Photo: Bloomberg

US airlines deliver biggest gains to patient investors

The Bloomberg US Airlines Index of 10 carriers surged 35 per cent in the first quarter, the best start to a year since at least 1999. Wall Street projects that gains are just beginning for Delta Air Lines and US Airways, both rated higher on average by analysts than 92 per cent of US firms.