Airlines: Pan Am's New Chief

As administrator of the Federal Aviation Agency under President Kennedy, former Test Pilot Najeeb Halaby endeared himself to private flyers by hopping all over the nation for airport talkfests about their problems. His yen to be where the action is led him to fly to the scene of nearly every commercial air crash. One day he learned that sky divers might endanger air traffic. Characteristically, Halaby parachuted himself, pronounced diving great sport—then called for restrictions.

Last week Halaby's activist style propelled him into the boss's seat at Pan American World Airways, of which he has been president for the past 18...

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