|Quoting B777LRF (Reply 149):|
If the US airline industry has thought any lesson, it's ' don't be like us '. Whilst they are raking in profits at this period in time, history tells us it's been riding a roller coaster on a mainly downward pattern almost since its inception, surviving only on the back of favourable but highly unjust legislation, sweet-deal bankruptcy laws, and mergers any anti-competition authority worth it's salt, would have put a stop to.
The latest round of mergers have only steepened the slope to lowest common denominator when it comes to customer experience, but has not been accompanied by more competition or lower prices. Quite the opposite, actually. Couple that with oil prices at a virtual bargain, it's a small wonder they're raking in the dough. But present them with one or two major obstacles, and it's off to Ch. 11 court within a half dozen of the hellish quarterlies they live by.
I'm not particularly fond of the labour practices enjoyed by DY but, on the other hand, we are talking about labour in an international market and, with all respect to cabin attendants, jobs in the back of the bus are not contingent upon a multi-year education. Similarities with the shipping industry? I dare say yes.
All that is, however, besides the point. The point being, that NAI fulfils the requirement to gain authorisation to operate between the EU and US. There are no if's or but's about it within the framework agreed by the US and EU.
In any democracy there should of course be ample opportunity to raise concerns over issues such as this, and I dare say we have certainly heard a lot of robust opinions being offered. One might, however, question a political system which allows a 40-day process to turn into a 2-year ordeal, and perhaps even start wondering how democracy turned to plutocracy. It certainly hasn't been pretty to watch. No, let me correct that: It's been an awful disgrace. Let us be clear of one thing: US airlines have outsourced far, far more jobs to '3rd world' countries than ANY airline operating into it's home country. But turn the page on them, and they collectively run off crying to mommy US political system. With some margin of success, even. It's pathetic!
Excellent post. I couldn't have put it better myself.