The comeback bird?


The stumble and subsequent fall of Kiwi International Air Lines represents a significant loss, not only to the travel industry but to the nation as a whole.

No country loves an underdog the way we do. Coming up from behind to win is our national heritage, our history, our favorite sport. And the Kiwi saga had all the elements of a great American success story: Unemployed pilots from major carriers throw everything they've got into starting their own airline.

National attention in the mainstream press made the little airline named after the flightless bird a media darling. The little guy had made good. That was seven years ago.

Today Kiwi is grounded, bankrupt, has no aircraft and, possibly worst of all, carries the stigma of having been shut down because of safety concerns. The only thing missing from this scenario is a White House intern.

So you've got to hand it to Kiwi for continuing to fight the good fight. They're appealing the NTSB decision. They're scaring up cash. They're trumpeting their unblemished safety record to anybody who'll listen. Is anybody listening?


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