AVIATION: The Long Wait

The Civil Aeronautics Board finally gave the U.S. airline industry an E.T.A. last week for its general passenger fare investigation. Estimated Time of Arrival: February 1959, nearly six years after the study was proposed. Grimly, alphabetically, twelve lines have uttered millions of words trying to prove that they need a 20% boost in air fares, especially now that they must raise $2 billion for new jet fleets. Before this simple message even reaches CAB's examiner next summer, it will total some 20,000 pages, not counting exhibits. Then it will take another six paper-strangled months before a decision.

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