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The Case for Shutting Down U.S. Airlines Now – Skift
It should be shut down, but it’s not just the threat of spreading the disease. It’s also the economic carnage of continuing to operate nearly-empty airplanes. I say bring back the CAB, divvy up the routes the government deems essential, and stick with that plan until things start to recover. But that won’t happen now that government support is out there. Empty planes will keep flying… at least to some extent.
Two for the road
Inside American Airlines’ Scramble as Virus Grounds Jets by Hundreds – The New York Times
An inside look at that carnage. Six people on AA1? Yikes.
Former American Airlines exec: $50B government infusion to the airline industry isn’t the answer – Dallas Morning News
Here’s a different point of view. He’s not saying the airlines don’t need money, as you’d expect since he was a former American Airlines employee. Instead, he’s saying they need it structured differently.