AVIATION: Courtship & Marriage

With more than 7,000 miles of connected airlanes running right up the center of the U.S., Braniff International Airways and Mid-Continent Airlines have long believed that two can live cheaper than one. During 1951, Braniff gave Mid-Continent $334.857 in interline business, while Mid-Continent handed Braniff $270,113 worth of passengers and freight. -Last week the two decided to take the big step and merge. If stockholders of both lines and the Civil Aeronautics Board approve, 1½ shares of Mid-Continent common stock will be exchanged for each share of Braniff. The new line, to be called Braniff, will have 58 planes, serve...

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