AVIATION: Freight War

For the dog-eat-dog air-freight business, the showdown had come. So far as the independent carriers could make out, the issue was plain: Would the scheduled airlines, which had been slow to wake up to air freight's possibilities, be permitted to drive the independents out of business? The scheduled lines' weapon was a rate war — the 12¢-per-ton-mile tariff recently proposed to the Civil Aeronautics Board by American, United and Pennsylvania-Central Airlines. What roweled the independents was their firm conviction that the scheduled lines could do the job only with the help of their Government "subsidies" in carrying air mail.

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