) racked up a $27.8 million profit as sales jumped 66%, to $277.3 million.
Goldston has proved that it's possible to create a successful Net service for the masses that's both dependable and supercheap. United's $9.95 monthly charge, less than half America Online (AOL
)'s rate, not only is drawing customers away from the big brands but it's also attracting first-time Net surfers who couldn't afford a premium price. Goldston is well on his way to creating the Southwest Airlines (LUV
) of the World Wide Web.