Airlines: Storm over the Pacific

The hardest-fought commercial air battle in Washington memory seemed to end last month when Lyndon Johnson awarded new Pacific routes to six of 18 carriers that had sought them for more than a decade. Johnson's choices were two Pacific veterans, Pan American and Northwest, and newcomers TWA, Continental and all-cargo Flying Tiger. In addition, Braniff got new runs to Hawaii. Last week Richard Nixon said: nothing doing. In a letter to the Civil Aeronautics Board, Nixon stated that he would "recall the matter" and later on "advise you of my decision on the merits."

Why the upheaval? The losers—and some...

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