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Airline Industry / Delta-Continental-Northwest Agreement / Discount Airlines / Service Cutbacks #708825

NBC Evening News for Friday, Aug 23, 2002
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(Studio: Brian Williams) An agreement between Delta, Continental and Northwest Airlines that will connect their domestic and international service reported.

(Washington: Robert Hager) The profits shown by smaller airline companies at a time when larger carriers are facing huge losses featured; losses and profits of several companies cited. [Passenger Allen McNAIR†- comments on getting discount tickets.] [Southwest Airlines CFO Gary KELLY††- says their operating costs are about half of the major airlines.] [Airline passenger advocate Terry TRIPLER††- comments on the efficiency of the smaller companies.]

(Studio: Brian Williams) Report introduced.

(Dallas: Jim Cummins) Cutbacks in service by the major airlines in the hope of turning their financial troubles around featured. [Business traveler Jerry KAISER‡- comments on the cancellation of flights to Chicago.] [American Airlines Tim DOKE†- comments on reducing the number of flights.] [ Tom PARSONS†- comments on the cutbacks which will save the airlines money.]

Cummins, Jim;
Hager, Robert;
Williams, Brian

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