Former American Airlines Chairman and CEO Robert Crandall yesterday said that Pogo, the air taxi business he is launching built around very light jets, will begin offering on-demand flights out of small airports in the US Northeast in 2008. In a conference call yesterday produced by Merrill Lynch, Crandall assured analysts that the VLJ's impact on airlines would be "irrelevant" but that the industry's current rush to consolidation might drive customers toward charter and air taxis. "The ...

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