National Airlines: Eight Wings And A Prayer

Mike Conway plans an airline with four planes and a vision

For Michael J. Conway, the 53-year-old founder of startup National Airlines, nothing has ever come easily. The son of a New York City taxi driver, Conway grew up in a tough Brooklyn neighborhood where winning a street fight counted more than doing well in school. Years later, as an airline executive, he has endured more than his share of professional black eyes. But Conway always seems to get up swinging.

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