Delta Air Line’s purchase of a Pennsylvania refinery from Conoco opens a new front in the airlines’ perpetual war with the oil industry. This war began over 30 years ago as a few brave US firms broke monopoly control of fuel supplies once enjoyed by oil companies. Robert Sturtz, United Airlines’ fuel director, summarized the battle with author Grant Smith in an article prepared for Burns and McDonnell, an engineering construction firm. The war began when airlines took ...

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