AVIATION: Competition Is Cheaper?

His arms bulging with brightly colored charts, his head bulging with airline facts & figures, a persuasive witness appeared last week before the Senate Commerce Committee's subcommittee on aviation.

For the big game he was after, he had need of all this statistical ammunition. As a spokesman for 17 U.S. airlines, hawk-nosed Ralph Shepard Damon, vice president and general manager of American Airlines, hoped to kill off, once & for all, the monopolistic chosen instrument—or community company—which Pan American's Juan Trippe advocates as the keystone of U.S. international air policy.

Ralph Damon's basic proposition was that the U.S. can keep...

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