Air Transport World

EAL strike 'killed' us. (Eastern Airlines' victims included Precision Airways) (column)

"In an emergency stoppage, your major partner, government organizations and labor groups control your future. Before such fires start, we must seek ways of insuring the survival of those innocent and not part of the dispute or issues. When your partner goes down the tube, it is too late."

This brief bit of advice is offered by Walter L. Fawcett, former president of Precision Airways, who along with his wife Suki, could only watch the airline that they had founded and operated out of Springfield, Vt. for 18 years become the victim of Eastern Airlines' 1989 dispute with its pilots and machinists. The operation, of which they and their employees were justly proud, bowed to a combination of circumstances and pressure points, with EAL's Chapter 11 bankruptcy filing delivering the coup de grace. …

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