Business: Down with the Swoose

To established U.S. airlines, North American Airlines is neither swan nor goose but an unloved and awkward swoose. Technically a nonscheduled operator under CAB rules calling for "irregular" and "infrequent" flights, it has nevertheless grown into a $9,000,000 outfit operating one of the biggest transcontinental air-coach services. Last week, with North American's 1954 sales topping $11 million, the CAB decided to clip the big hybrid's wings. A CAB examiner recommended that North American be grounded for operating a scheduled airline in violation of CAB regulations.

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