Wednesday, 28 March 2007

Correction in the Wall Street Journal

From: "readersfeedback@wsj.com"
To: Edward hasbrouck
Subject: FW: correction re: US-UK flights
Date sent: Wed, 28 Mar 2007 12:43:19 -0400

Thank you for e-mailing The Wall Street Journal. Below is the correction we ran on 3/21/07.

"While British Airways is one of four U.S. and United Kingdom carriers allowed to fly between London's Heathrow Airport and the U.S., carriers from other nations do fly the routes with special permission from the U.S. and U.K. Articles on March 3 and March 6 about a trans-Atlantic open-skies treaty incorrectly said that British Airways was one of only four airlines permitted to fly from Heathrow to the U.S.

(See: "Politics & Economics: U.S. and the EU Reach Draft Open-Skies Deal" -- WSJ March 3, 2007 and "Corporate Focus: British Airways Chief Blasts Open-Skies Plan --- Broughton Says Treaty Favors U.S.; Heathrow Jammed?" -- WSJ March 6, 2007)"

The Journal's correction was in reponse to my letter, as below. While they corrected the factual error in their news stories, their correction failed to note that they had cited the same "fact" as part of the basis for their editorial in support of the the so-called "open skies" aviation treaty between the USA and the European Union, which the Journal continues to support.

From: Edward Hasbrouck
To: "wsj.ltrs@wsj.com"
Subject: correction re: US-UK flights
Date sent: Mon, 12 Mar 2007 09:59:43 -0700

In a news story on March 6 (print edition, p. A12) and again in your editorial March 8 ("Liberating Heathrow") on a proposed "open-skies" treaty between the U.S. and the U.K., you refer to "British Airways' grip over its Heathrow hub, from which it is one of four airlines permitted to fly to the U.S."

In fact, six airlines operated scheduled nonstop service between Heathrow and the U.S.

In addition to the four airlines mentioned in your article, Air India (typically the price leader on the route, especially in business and first class) operates daily nonstop service between Heathrow and JFK Airport in New York, as well as nonstop service between Heathrow and O'Hare Airport in Chicago. And Kuwait Airways (also with lower prices and generally better service than its U.S.- or U.K.-based competitors) operates nonstop service between Heathrow and JFK.

In carrying "fifth freedom" traffic between third countries, these airlines are doing the same thing U.S.-based airlines do when they undercut Japanese carriers on local routes between Japan and other countries in Asia.

Edward Hasbrouck

I'll have a more detailed analysis of the implications (mostly negative) for travellers of the proposed "Open Skies" treaty in a future column.

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There is a seventh airline - Air NZ flies between LAX and LHR.

Posted by: theglobaltraveller, 1 May 2007, 18:12 ( 6:12 PM)
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