The following is an excerpt from JONATHAN R. LAING | May 5, 2012 | | The skies have been anything but friendly of late for United Continental Holdings (ticker: UAL), the world's largest airline. Two weeks ago, the carrier reported a hefty first-quarter loss of $448 million. Granted, some $162 million of that loss were one-time expenses arising from the continued cost of cobbling together the systems of United Airlines and Continental more than a year after their December 2010 merger. ... Read More