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DC Air

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DC Air

DC Air

DC Air

Only Available in Archive Formats.

In order to pass anti-trust regulations, United Airlines and US Airways plan to spin off US Airway flights out of Reagan National Airport, which services Washington DC, to a new airline called "DC Air." DC Air would be run by Black Entertainment Television founder Robert Johnson. Robert Siegel speaks with Darryl Jenkins, professor of airline management at George Washington University, where he is also executive director of The Aviation Institute, about the viability of DC Air. He says he thinks the new company has a good shot of getting regulatory approval. He says nothing like this has happened before. It would be the first African-American owned airline. The Department of Transportation has been pushing for diversity, and the fact that Johnson is a successful entrepreneur should help.