AVIATION: Chosen Instrument?

A mystery was cleared up last week by United Air Lines' president. When all but three of the 19 U.S. airlines joined to advocate competition in postwar international aviation (TIME, July 26), the great unknown was why United Air Lines was among the holdouts. The other two—Pan American Airways and American Export Airlines—were the first U.S. lines to fly foreign routes and naturally would not hanker for too much competition. But United is next to the largest U.S. domestic flyer, has flown international routes only since the Army's Air Transport Command gave it some war business.

By last week United's...

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