JAT
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What Is The Official Airline Of The Usa?

Sat Sep 09, 2000 8:45 pm

Is it AA?

In Canada Air Canada is endorsed by parliment as the official air carrier of Canada. Do they have anything like that in the US?
 
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RE: What Is The Official Airline Of The Usa?

Sat Sep 09, 2000 8:54 pm

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.
 
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RE: What Is The Official Airline Of The Usa?

Sat Sep 09, 2000 8:54 pm

Any carrier that carries the backwards american flag on the fuselage.
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RE: What Is The Official Airline Of The Usa?

Sat Sep 09, 2000 8:55 pm

American Airlines and US Airways  

Seriously, none...
 
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RE: What Is The Official Airline Of The Usa?

Sat Sep 09, 2000 8:57 pm

Please refer to the nearest economics text book and look up the following terms:

1.Free Enterprise
2.Capitalistic Governmental Structure

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.

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RE: What Is The Official Airline Of The Usa?

Sat Sep 09, 2000 8:59 pm

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.
 
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RE: What Is The Official Airline Of The Usa?

Sat Sep 09, 2000 9:01 pm

Oops!

The flag isnt backwards, just caught myself on that one. It always looks that way to me though.

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RE: What Is The Official Airline Of The Usa?

Sat Sep 09, 2000 9:07 pm

312RC -the flag is the right direction on the left side of the aircraft, and it's backwards on the right side of the aircraft.
 
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RE: What Is The Official Airline Of The Usa?

Sat Sep 09, 2000 9:10 pm

Thanks for clearing that up!
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RE: What Is The Official Airline Of The Usa?

Sat Sep 09, 2000 10:57 pm

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?
 
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RE: What Is The Official Airline Of The Usa?

Sat Sep 09, 2000 11:44 pm

It should be Delta

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RE: What Is The Official Airline Of The Usa?

Sat Sep 09, 2000 11:46 pm

It shouldn't be anybody, SKYTEAM b/c there are so many ways to judge it.
 
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RE: What Is The Official Airline Of The Usa?

Sun Sep 10, 2000 12:03 am

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.

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JAT
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RE: What Is The Official Airline Of The Usa?

Sun Sep 10, 2000 5:02 am

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".

 
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RE: What Is The Official Airline Of The Usa?

Sun Sep 10, 2000 5:57 am

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.
 
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RE: What Is The Official Airline Of The Usa?

Sun Sep 10, 2000 8:03 am

whoever flies the most L-1011's is "the official" airline of the USA, (this is defined in the constitution, I believe.)

I guess that would be Delta then...
 
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RE: What Is The Official Airline Of The Usa?

Sun Sep 10, 2000 8:06 am

Good one Iwantanl1011  
 
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RE: What Is The Official Airline Of The Usa?

Sun Sep 10, 2000 8:09 am

Good, except that would now make American Trans Air the official airline of the US!!!
 
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RE: What Is The Official Airline Of The Usa?

Sun Sep 10, 2000 8:13 am

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.)
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RE: What Is The Official Airline Of The Usa?

Sun Sep 10, 2000 8:20 am

What about those large fleets of A-300's and those F-100's. That doesn't look very much representative of the US to me.