Disappearance of premium passengers threatens network airline profit models.
AUTUMN HAS BROUGHT SIGNS that the deep worldwide economic downturn finally is receding, with projections of a 2010 recovery becoming more prevalent. That's certainly good news for the global airline industry, which IATA forecasts will lose $11 billion this year. But commercial air transport likely won't be able simply to return to its pre-recession way of doing business. Broad structural change may be necessary, particularly regarding carriers' first and business class ...
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