Saturday, February 11, 2006

Low Fare Pioneer Passes

Freddie Laker, the Englishman who launched a successful low fare carrier between the UK and US during the days of heavy government regulation died Thursday at age 83. His business savvy hastened deregulation of the US airline industry and his irreverence inspired a host of other low fare airlines, from Southwest Airlines to Virgin Airways.

(Note the Feb. 2 post on Laker, "Deregulation: How big is your sandwich?")

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