Blind Trust

John J. Nance, Author William Morrow & Company $17.95 (0p) ISBN 978-0-688-05360-4
In graphic detail, this book demonstrates the havoc that has been wrought in the airline business in this country by the deregulation bill of 1978. Lower fares mean less income, and less income results in cost-cutting. The major carriers have pared expenses by eliminating flights to smaller cities, spurring the growth of many regional and commuter lines. Such lines, often economically marginal, shave their costs by hiring relatively inexperienced pilots, using inadequate or antiquated planes, and skimping on equipment maintenanceall of which sacrifices passenger safety. While Nance, a lawyer and pilot, does not urge a return to the pre-1978 days, he recommends that the Federal Aviation Administration, as the industry watchdog, be given increased powers to control airline safety. Presenting even relatively technical information in terms of the people involved, Nance makes his case convincingly. 35,000 first printing; $30,000 ad/promo; author tour. Foreign rights: Morrow. January 28
Reviewed on: 01/01/1986
Release date: 01/01/1986
Paperback - 978-0-688-06967-4
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