Air Transport World

Acceptable losses. (editorial)

Acceptable losses

It is that time of the year again when editors, pundits, etc., fill up their space with analyses of the major events of the past twelve months. It is good to do this. It gives one the opportunity to examine where the industry has been and where it is going.

The year just past has been interesting. But if we must characterize 1985 in as few words as possible we would call it a year of survival more than accomplishment. Here in the United States the airline industry has just completed its seventh year as a "strictly business' proposition. In this light survival can be considered an accomplishment, we suppose.

When reviewing the major events of 1985, however, the issue that will probably stick out more than the others is safety. That would get our vote. When we look back at 1985 we shall probably think of it as the year when the airline industry was confronted with one of its most wrenching tests, at least its most severe test since deregulation. …

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