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UPDATE 1-Delta Air Lines posts higher first quarter profit

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April 23 (Reuters) - Delta Air Lines on Wednesday reported a higher-than-expected first quarter profit as revenue rose and it benefited from lower fuel and maintenance costs.

Net income was $213 million, or 25 cents a share, up from $7 million, or one cent a share, for the year-earlier first quarter.

Excluding items, profit was 33 cents a share, compared with 29 cents expected by analysts on average, according to Thomson Reuters I/B/E/S.

Quarterly revenue rose 5 percent to $8.92 billion.

(Reporting by Karen Jacobs in Atlanta, Editing by Franklin Paul and Sofina Mirza-Reid)

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