Aviation: Take-Off of the Feeders

The fastest-growing segment of the airlines industry is distinguished neither by speed nor frills nor fame. It is the 13 U.S. regional airlines, or "feeders," which use prop planes (more than half of them 190-m.p.h. DC-3s), serve no meals or free liquor and are generally unknown to people outside the areas in which they operate. Yet regional lines have doubled in size during the past five years and, with plenty of room to grow, are expanding at the rate of 15% yearly —or three times faster than the big trunk airlines.

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