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Sinopsis: With high hopes for the public and the entire air travel industry, the US Federal government deregulated the airlines in the 1970s. The effect was chaotic fares, fewer airlines and a decline in service. This book discloses how good intentions went wrong and how deregulation's promising take-off led to a disastrous nose dive. Tracing 18 years of deregulation, the authors survey and analyze all the clashes, and describe the colourful characters who have changed the face of the industry. The book explains why the start-up airlines never succeeded, and how computer reservations and the hub-and-spoke airport system strengthened the larger airlines while strangling smaller ones, creating a debacle that continues today.
From Kirkus Reviews: A somber assessment of how US airlines have gotten along since their mid-1970s deregulation, by two trade journalists who fear the industry may be in for recurrent Sturm and Drang. In most important respects, Peterson and Glab conclude, the benefits expected to follow removal of federal controls have been no-shows. While new carriers emerged to vie with the old, they note, precious few mounted successful challenges, and a small flock of established enterprises (American, Delta, Northwest, United, et al.) still rules the domestic air-travel roost. Owing to ruinous fare/route rivalries, costly takeover battles, ill-advised mergers, adversarial labor relations, and allied woes, the authors point out that most of the survivors are flying on empty from a financial standpoint. In the meantime, generally lower ticket prices have greatly expanded the air-travel market, but new passengers and old find themselves herded through hub terminals ``that do to humans what postal sorting centers do to our mail.'' Peterson and Glab focus on the individuals who have played high-profile roles in commercial aviation's dramatic fall from grace. Cases in point range from Donald Burr (founder of People Express) through Robert Crandall (American's innovative albeit frustrated CEO), Carl Icahn (a Wall Street raider bloodied by his close encounters with TWA), and Frank Lorenzo (the sometime head of Continental, whose resourceful use of bankruptcy law earned him the enduring enmity of unions). The authors fault the US government for countenancing ``blatant cases of anti-competitive behavior,'' in particular those involving computer-based reservation systems and predatory pricing that helped ground fledgling carriers. Without advocating revival of CAB-like oversight, they leave no doubt that the public interest demands that laissez-faire's imperfect performance be addressed before the airlines embark on another self-destructive cycle. A consistently absorbing and informed briefing on the negative socioeconomic consequences that can accrue from the best of intentions. (16 pages of photos) -- Copyright ©1994, Kirkus Associates, LP. All rights reserved.
Título: Rapid Descent: Deregulation and the Shakeout...
Editorial: Simon & Schuster
Condición del libro: Very Good
Descripción Simon & Schuster, 1994. Estado de conservación: Good. Shows some signs of wear, and may have some markings on the inside. Nº de ref. de la librería GRP9638896
Descripción Simon & Schuster, 1994. Estado de conservación: Fair. Ships from Reno, NV. Former Library book. Shows definite wear, and perhaps considerable marking on inside. Nº de ref. de la librería GRP90333931
Descripción Simon & Schuster, 1994. Estado de conservación: Very Good. Ships from Reno, NV. Great condition for a used book! Minimal wear. Nº de ref. de la librería GRP96381695
Descripción Simon & Schuster. Hardcover. Estado de conservación: GOOD. Spine creases, wear to binding and pages from reading. May contain limited notes, underlining or highlighting that does affect the text. Possible ex library copy, thatâ€™ll have the markings and stickers associated from the library. Accessories such as CD, codes, toys, may not be included. Nº de ref. de la librería 2779134858
Descripción Simon & Schuster. Hardcover. Estado de conservación: VERY GOOD. Light rubbing wear to cover, spine and page edges. Very minimal writing or notations in margins not affecting the text. Possible clean ex-library copy, with their stickers and or stamp(s). Nº de ref. de la librería 2808064542
Descripción Simon & Schuster. Hardcover. Estado de conservación: Good. Light shelf wear and minimal interior marks. Nº de ref. de la librería G0671760696I3N00
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Descripción Simon & Schuster. Hardcover. Estado de conservación: Good. Book has some visible wear on the binding, cover, pages. Nº de ref. de la librería G0671760696I3N00
Descripción Simon & Schuster. Hardcover. Estado de conservación: Very Good. Nice condition with minor indications of previous handling. Nº de ref. de la librería G0671760696I4N00
Descripción Simon & Schuster. Hardcover. Estado de conservación: Very Good. Ex-Library Book - will contain Library Markings. Dust Cover Missing. This copy shows very minor wear. Nº de ref. de la librería G0671760696I4N11