GREAT TRANS-OCEAN ROUTES TO DOMINION
FIJI KEY CENTRE
Empire And America Will
N.Z.P.A. Special Correspondent
Rec. 2.30 p.m.
LONDON, July 17.
If the air services of the Brit'ish Overseas Airways Corporation and Qantas Airways are extended across the Tasman the change will not interfere with the . activities of Tasman Empire Airways, Limited, which will continue to operate as a local service, in due course perhaps making daily flights if the traffic-is sufficient.
The flying boats in use will be inevitably replaced by faster '.land planes when these become available, and the Lancastrian aircraft will be eventually replaced on the England-Sydney-Auckland run < by the planned Tudor II aircraft, but these are unlikely to be introduced until the Dutch East Indies are liberated, since they will not be capable of making the long flight from Colombo to Australia.
New primary interest in airlines .. lies in the - trans-Pacific route to Auckland. The basis on which this will be operated is now outlined, but is yet uncertain when the services will start.
Form Joint Company
It is proposed that the United Kingdom, Australia and New Zealand form a joint company, which will operate over the route from Vancouver to San Francisco, Honolulu, Canton and Fiji. From Fiji the route will divide, one branch going to Auckland and the other to Sydney. Canada also has extensive plans for the Pacific, and : it is intended that trans-Canada Airlines will operate along . the same route to Auckland. It is likely that an American company will wish to operate the same number of . services.. as the British lines over this route'
The type of aircraft to be used by the Australian-New Zealand-British company has not yet been decided. The operating plans will be based on an international agreement and the route will be divided according to the capacity and schedules between such international carriers as may wish to operate.
Each country will meet its own operating costs, but the revenues will be pooled. . The England to Vancouver route will be operated by Boac and Transcanada Airlines.
New Zealand will also be directly interested in the development of the airlines in the South Pacific zone. The R.N.Z.A.F. has been operating a transport organisation.in this zone throughout the war, primarily to maintain operational squadrons in the Bismark and Solomon Islands. It has also provided a quasi-military service to meet British and New Zealand administrative requirements. Flying Control Organisation The Dominion has an extensive meteorological communication and flying control organisation throughout the Pacific islands zone on a military basis. It is directly concerned in post-war needs in this area and the means of effecting a transition from a military to a civil service. Niw Zealand is chiefly interested in Samoa, the Cook Islands and the Tokelaus and the Government proposes to provide an air service in the post-war era .to these islands, mainly .to meet administration, health and educational requirements. Owing to the uneconomic nature of the air service in this very sparsely inhabited zone, it is hoped that some form of joint organisation representing the United Kingdom, Australia and New Zealand will be developed and consideration is being given to this by the three Governments.
As reported, the recent conference divided into three committees, one dealing with the organisation of the Commonwealth Air Transport Council, its secretariat and the scope of thj council's work.
Sir' William Hildred, of the Ministry of Aircraft Production, presided over this.
The second . committee, presided over by Viscount Swinton, chairman of the conference, dealt with air routes and their operation and questions other than technical. Air-Commodore A. de T. Nevill, representing N%w Zealand, presided over the third committee, dealing with the technical organisation and ground facilities on air routes.
The organisation committee considered a question raised by New Zealand regarding Commonwealth co-operation in aeronautical research development. It w'as of the opinion that it would not be proper for the council itself to undertake research, but it would encourage initiation of research. The council, through its secretariat, would maintain the closest contact with the proposed council of co-ordination of aeronautical research within the Empire, if and Avhen that was established.
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GREAT TRANS-OCEAN ROUTES TO DOMINION, Auckland Star, Volume LXXVI, Issue 168, 18 July 1945
GREAT TRANS-OCEAN ROUTES TO DOMINION Auckland Star, Volume LXXVI, Issue 168, 18 July 1945
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