Air Wars

As the global dogfight heats up, American carriers protest a British Airways plan for the latest transatlantic merger

The British are coming! The British are coming! And this time, they're not coming by land or sea, but by air! That cry of alarm can be heard in Dallas, Chicago and Atlanta these days, as leaders of the top U.S. airlines wail about a threat to their hard-won global dominance. While on the campaign trail, Bill Clinton joined the chorus of alarm. In the final presidential debate, Ross Perot sounded the most impassioned warning of all. "We're getting ready to dismantle an airlines industry in our country, and none of you know it," he declared. "This deal is terribly destructive...

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