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?