人邮版第二辑真题 TEST 3 READING PART 5
A SUCCESSFUL AIRLINE
Executives at Fastline, now (0)____ of the country’s largest airlines, were in optimistic mood at the press conference they held yesterday afternoon. They announced that they were (31)____ a position to revise the company’s full-year profits forecast sharply upward (32)____ a result of an exceptionally strong performance over the last nine months. Profits during this period rose by very (33)____ 50 per cent compared with the same period last year. The company feels confident that this performance will continue throughout the remainder of the year. It is expected (34)_____will be a 40 per cent increase in profits for the full year compared with the 15 per cent that had been indicated (35)____ the half-year stage.
During the year, (36)____than raise its fares as most other airlines did in response to higher fuel costs, Fastline stuck to its decision to keep fares at the same level as last year. This must account to (37)_____ extent for the significant rise (38)____ only in the number of passengers booked on flights, but also in the amount of freight carried.
The airline has also confirmed that it is in negotiations with another airline to sell the whole of (39)____ 20 per cent holding in Border Air. However, executives are refusing to reveal the name of the interested party until a definite agreement (40)____ reached.