Bad news for Afghanistan’s national airline: Ariana Afghan Airlines, which carries about 50% of the air traffic to the embattled nation, is on the brink of collapse. They are one of the few airlines who cannot blame Southwest, low fares, or high fuel costs for their problems. They have a terrible lease structure and, more importantly, incredible corruption which has left the airline mostly bankrupt.
The most interesting (and disturbing) part of the story, is that apparently for a $500 bribe, the airline’s safety department will grant you a pilot’s license. If you can’t scrape that together, you can become a "licensed" mechanic for merely $200. What a steal.