AVIATION: Regulatory Statesmanship

For the "last great frontier of airline expansion," a CAB examiner recommended last week that National and Delta get new transcontinental routes across the southern tier of states. To National go routes from Florida to California; Delta will fly from Atlanta to California.

The recommendations are a blow to American. Eastern, Braniff and TWA, which had also applied. In his decision, Examiner Edward T. Stodola noted that these new routes are "the last great opportunity for some real regulatory statesmanship." But other airlines questioned Stodola's idea of statesmanship. The reason he settled on National was that it is the least well...

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