From: "Jon H." <email@example.com@ix.netcom.com> Date: 29 Dec 95 22:22:24
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During the 1970's and 80's I was an Aircraft Dispatcher/Flight Operations Officer for a MAJOR European flag carrier at New York's JFK...It was the avowed policy of our local "bean counters" to engage us in any moneymaking operations "pooling" arrangement conceivable. In essence we were "rent a signature" dispatchers for some of the cream of Central, South American and West African airline companies. Without appropriating the next two years worth of bandwidth, trust me....If you think jumping on Aeromexico to MEX or Air Afrique to DKR is the same as jumping on United to ORD or British to LHR because of some vague wooshy washy ICAO specs. about aircraft/crew and flight control requirements please think again...Required reading for this subject is a book called "Destination Disaster". It is about the Turkish DC10 disaster outside Orly in 1974..Although almost 20 years old now it is still the best book on the politics of building and SELLING transport aircraft and in particular how this equipment is integrated into the operations of an airline trying to rapidly expand into the 20th century.