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100 years on, flying still begs for open skies

Iata chief calls for easing of ownership and merger rules

[DOHA] On New Year's Day, 1914, Abe Pheil squeezed into the open cockpit of a Benoist Type XIV boatplane in St Petersburg, Florida and became the world's first airline passenger, flying 20 miles (32km) in 23 minutes for a specially auctioned fare of US$400.Last year, three billion people