Continuing my series on the deregulation of
the US airline industry in 1978, I have now published the latest two
articles. This section was to be one single page article, listing
the benefits and positive outcomes subsequent to deregulation in 1978,
but the benefits and outcomes kept on coming, and it grew to two pages.
May I suggest you go to the first article –
The Effects of Deregulation, and then from there you can follow the
links to the second article,
The Benefits of Deregulation.
There is a strange disconnect between the
articles I write which I feel to be truly good, and those which are
popular. I guess this is a universal disparity which all creative
people struggle with, and each time I write something that I feel is a
really good piece of analysis or full of helpful information, I find myself fervently
hoping that it may prove to be popular as
The latest example is this growing
series on US airline deregulation. The big surprise to me, in
hindsight, is how it has taken me so long to write about this topic.
Maybe I sensed, over the many years it has been simmering in the
background, that it would end up being a major exposition rather than a
quick single page summary! It is now projected to total seven long
pages of material and more than 10,000 words, and I am proud and pleased to offer the fourth and
fifth pages in the series to you now.
I am really enjoying writing this series,
because I am learning a great deal myself. And therein is one of
the reasons why I feel this to be such a significant and important
series. We all have this vague perception about before/after
deregulation, whether we were traveling prior to 1978 or not. For
most of us, that perception is incomplete and probably also inaccurate.
For example, just last week, I was reading
on a fairly reputable blog (sadly this is all too often an oxymoron) an unchallenged assertion that
airline safety standards have slipped since deregulation. Well, as
you'll see in the second of the two pages released now, there has
admittedly been a massive change in safety and accident/fatality
statistics. But – get this. Airlines are 13 times safer now
You need to read this series to form a
more accurate and complete understanding of what has happened to the
airlines since deregulation.