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Unformatted text preview: technological leaps occurred in
aircraft, engines, and systems
aircraft, After the war, the United States was in the
position to take leadership roles in aviation.
position 12 A New Beginning Real growth of the airlines during the war
was After the war however, the growth of the
airline industry continued
airline Before the war, the industry had about 6200
seats By 1946, the airlines had tripled their
seating capacity to 19,000 available seats
13 A New Beginning The cost of airline travel had fallen enough
for the fares to be competitive with first class
railroad The airlines were catering to the first class
passenger at this time
passenger In December of 1945 TWA launched
transatlantic service with a VIP flight to
14 A New Beginning The Constellation and
later the Super
pressurized with a
cruise speed of 280
miles per hour
miles 15 A New Beginning Airline management soon came to realize
that a vast untapped market existed
that The entire American middle class was a
source of passengers ready to be tapped
source 16 A New Beginning Mass transit, facilitated by the big airlines,
was about to begin.
was After the war, the CAB began loosening the
regulations that bound the air traveling
public to the scheduled airlines.
public This began the era of the non-scheduled
airlines, the “non-skeds”
airlines, 17 A New Beginning The non-skeds flew when the passenger
count was high enough to justify the flight.
count The would fly coast to coast at prices that
were 30% less than the scheduled airlines,
and the public loved it!!
and 18 A New Beginning Domestically the airlines began to fight back
against the nonsked competitors
against Capitol airlines became the first scheduled
airline to offer “coach-class” service on their
NY to Chicago route
NY Their fares were 2/3 the standard 19 A New Beginning By 1955 the airlines had passed the
railroads in the number of passengers
carried 20 A New Beginning Initially the airlines either had their aircraft
configured to fly either all first class, or all
coach The smaller international carriers
complained saying they couldn’t compete
because they didn’t have enough aircraft to
fly two different types of service
fly 21 A New Beginning IATA, the International Air Transport
Association finally aut...
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