rsmith6621a
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An Interesting USAToday Article

Tue Jan 13, 2004 12:21 pm



I just saw this over at the USA Today website.......

http://www.usatoday.com/travel/columnist/brancatelli/2004-01-09-brancatelli_x.htm
Did You Ever Think Freedom Could Be this Bad
 
capt078
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RE: An Interesting USAToday Article

Tue Jan 13, 2004 1:12 pm

certainly an interesting article, but i think he is exaggerating the issue. i do think we are going to see the majors changing, but what he is suggesting would be a virtual collapse in u.s. travel.
 
FMAL
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RE: An Interesting USAToday Article

Wed Jan 14, 2004 1:03 am

I don't think that the aviation industry can handle anymore of the nonsense the TSA and "Homeland Security" are shoving down their throats.

Its pretty obvious that the "classic" business model, if you will, of the mainstream airlines is now obsolete. The low-fares found a new way to fly and make money at it. This is an international trend, not only affecting US carriers. In Brazil, Gol (our low-fare) is really bothering the main carriers (Varig and TAM) who say they'll merge, but at the same time do everything possible to delay this merge.

The costs are just too great. The airlines need efficient business plans and the old airlines never really adapted to the new times, hence the difficulties of United, American, Continental, US Airways, Varig, TAM, Alitalia, Air France, TAP Air Portugal, etc.

Regards

FMAL