Aviation: Class Warfare

The most debated experiment in U.S. plane fares in many years is something called one-class service. Started only five months ago by United Air Lines' peppery President W. A. ("Pat") Patterson, it is an effort to take the cramp out of coach travel and the expense out of first class with a single service that provides some of the first-class amenities at fares somewhat (10%) above coach rates. United, the nation's largest domestic airline, already uses one-class service on 30 daily flights across the U.S. Next week it will more than double...

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