Tuesday, March 17, 2009
Prof. Brian Havel was quoted in a story from the March 16 edition of the Chicago Tribune. Entitled "Clipping Union's Wings," the Tribune discussed the recently announced United Airlines/Aer Lingus joint venture which will use non-union crews and Aer Lingus planes to operate new flights between Washington Dulles and Madrid starting in March 2010. In response to concerns over who would regulate the new venture given the fact that the services would be preformed by an Irish carrier between the United States and Spain, Havel remarked that "the regulatory framework isn't as airtight as it should be." He went on to state that the partnership itself is "an entirely unintended and brilliant consequence of" of the 2007 U.S./EC Air Transport Agreement.