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All Nippon Airways Co. said Tuesday it earned a record high consolidated net profit of 33.29 billion yen for the April-September first half, up 68.8 percent from the same period the previous year.

Sales rose 9 percent to 752.87 billion yen thanks to strong demand for both domestic and international flights, the carrier said.

International flights saw a 12 percent rise in passengers to 240,000, with sales jumping 20 percent to 138.2 billion yen, it said.

Consolidated operating profit, however, fell 1.2 percent to 68.78 billion yen on high oil prices, while group pretax profit fell 2.4 percent to 57.99 billion yen.

For the full year to March 31, ANA projects a group net profit of 27 billion yen and pretax profit of 47.5 billion yen on sales of 1.45 trillion yen.

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