Gnomon From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR: Reply 1, posted (13 years 3 months 1 day 4 hours ago) and read 3614 times:
Because of the nature of the US's free market system, for the government to endorse any one airline would be anticompetitive for the others. The government can't establish one competitor as the "official" competitor in such a tight free market economy - unless that carrier receives subsidies from the government or is a nationalized carrier, which isn't the case and probably never will be the case in the US.
So, in short, there isn't an official carrier of the US.
If you can't find an economics textbook let me give you the answer:
The United States is in the business of allowing free enterprise, a goverment sponsored airline counterdicts this philosophy. NO the US Government does not have a public government run airline. If any company, including an airline, needs help the government may offer low interest loans to preserve the company and the employees but it does not own an airline; the loans must be repaid.
Tan Flyr From United States of America, joined Aug 2000, 1877 posts, RR: 0 Reply 5, posted (13 years 3 months 1 day 4 hours ago) and read 3573 times:
JAT,we used to have 2"US flag Carriers,TWA &Pan Am" for most in'tl routes. Those days are long gone. AA &UA are the 2 largest carriers,both with good int'l routes.Not withstanding, NW,DL&CO also have good respective international routes. So, NO, we do not have an officail airline.
CPDC10-30 From United Kingdom, joined Feb 2000, 4761 posts, RR: 25 Reply 9, posted (13 years 3 months 1 day 2 hours ago) and read 3531 times:
JAT, are you sure about Air Canada being "endorsed by parliment"? Yes, Air Canada used to be owned by the federal government but all shares were sold back in the mid-80s. I don't think there is any preference by the government. If there was, why did they choose Canadian Airlines for the aircraft they used on the "Team Canada" trade missions?
N863DA From United States of America, joined Sep 2004, 48 posts, RR: 6 Reply 12, posted (13 years 3 months 1 day 1 hour ago) and read 3507 times:
The answer is that in the end, the only carrier that could ever have been considered as the 'semi-official' worldwide flag carrier of the United States was the venerable (original) Pan American. They were regarded by most to be the 'unofficial' official airline. But as most people point out, there should not be a single 'FLag Carrier' for the US. ALL the US airlines (IE any that carry the flag of the United States) could be regarded as the flag carriers, because they do just that. Just a thought.
Incidentally, I picked up a book a couple of days ago called 'Pan Am 103' about, yes you guessed it, Lockerbie. It's by the mother and father of one of the victims. If you get a chance to read it, do, as it's compulsive reading.... whether you agree with their sentiment or not. (ie who's side you're on - the victim's or the airline's) It certainly makes you think... it's left me wondering that's for sure, about who's lying about what to whom, and if there will ever be a truthful answer. It's very up to date, with reference to the trial in Holland of the two accused. I strongly recommend you read it, even if you come out disagreeing with the authors.
JAT From Canada, joined Feb 2000, 1101 posts, RR: 10 Reply 13, posted (13 years 3 months 20 hours ago) and read 3477 times:
Trans Canada Airways (currently Air Canada) was created by the Government of Canada. Later when it was re-named Air Canada parliment had to endorse this. I was reading in a book about Air Canada that it is the parliment endorsed official national carrier. Even tgough we had Canadian, Air Canada was the official airline of Canada. So, when someone asked "What is the airline of Canada?" you would answer "Air Canada".
D L X From United States of America, joined May 1999, 10789 posts, RR: 52 Reply 14, posted (13 years 3 months 19 hours ago) and read 3456 times:
Government travel is approved on all of the major airlines on special fares. This includes AA, UA, DL, US, CO, NW, and TW, with a good sized chunk going to US and UA because of their position in the DC area.
AerLingus From China, joined Mar 2000, 2371 posts, RR: 0 Reply 18, posted (13 years 3 months 17 hours ago) and read 3414 times:
Noooo... it's NOT Delta, it's AMERICAN, hence AMERICA'S national carrier. (By image not government endorsement.) They fly Douglas and Boeing jets. Boeing/Douglas are dedicated commercial manufacturers in the US whereas Lockheed only built one commercial jetliner. (Not counting their old props.)