When Air Transport World was launched 50 years ago, the airline industry was just five years into the “Civil Jet Age.” The first issue of ATW in May 1964 excitedly chronicled how the fast-growing business had used jet aircraft to increase worldwide annual revenue by 45% to $7 billion in 1963 compared to $4.8 billion in 1958. In 2013, worldwide airline revenue topped $700 billion—a more than 100 times increase in the 50 years this magazine has been publishing. The big story ...

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