Air Transport World

Inappropriate competition. (airline industry) (Editorial)

The airline industry used to be one of the best and closest clubs in the world. Companies helped each other along, all pulling on the same oar through various means, including LATA tariff coordination, the Mutual Aid Pact or just lending parts and mechanics to get airplanes dispatched. Much of that club today has been disassembled by competition.

Say what you will about deregulation, airline strikes are nowhere near the prolonged melodramas that they tended to be during regulated times. Those were the days when U.S. airlines would be struck and out of business for months.

The long strikes were made possible-- encouraged, actually--by the amazing Mutual Aid Pact. MAP members promised to pay a portion of the revenue that came their way to an airline shut down by labor action. …

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