American Airlines Legend Bob Crandall on How Mergers Led to Increased Inequality

Brandon Wade

Bob Crandall at the Robert W. Baker Integrated Operations Center IOC in Fort Worth, Texas on October 25, 2017. Crandall is a longtime critic of airline consolidation. Brandon Wade

Skift Take: Bob Crandall called it in the late 1970s, saying airline deregulation would be the ruination of U.S. aviation. You can credit the retired American Airlines chairman and CEO with consistency as he argues that airline mergers — and mergers in general — have contributed to capital accumulation at the expense of workers, and the demise of small cities.

— Dennis Schaal

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