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Fast airliners which will greatly reduce flying time will provide the future air links to the Dominion. Six airliners are now flying weekly from England to Australia, the aircraft comprising two Lancastrians and four Sunclerianus. In addition two Yorks are flying weekly to Karachi, where connection is possible with the Qantas section of the Britain to Australia trunk route The introduction of the Lancastrian bi-weekly service represents a major step forward in the development of the Britain to Australia service It is symptomatic of the development of Empire routes at present l J2 ing discussed by the Commonwealth Air Transport Council. planning, especially the frequencies of services, will depend on the production rate of Britain's giant airliners, and it is understood that the possible lag between the production of aircraft and a general workable service all over the Empire has been one of the chief preoccupations of the Transport Council talks.

Saving of Time

The saving of nine hours by the Lancastrian service, which will bring Australia within 63 hours of England, did not surprise Australian delegates, who were aware that the saving was possible, especially at Karachi, where the 8.0.A.C. and Qantas crews change over. This changeover is purely an interim arrangement, but there are many difficulties to be overcome. The Lancastrians service is essentially a wartime expedient, and the British-Aus-tralia service cannot reach the highest efficiency until Tudors I. and 11. roll of the production lines. The Lancastrians carry only six passengers, but the Tudor 11. will carry 20 to 24 passengers and crew. The introduction of the York bi-weekly service to Karachi in 31 hours indicates an improvement in the production of this most serviceable aircraft, capable of carrying 16 passengers and a heavy loading of mail.

In a statement in regard to the decisions' of the Commonwealth Air Transport Cou-ncil regarding air services to New Zealand, SquadronLeader Ernie Clark. D.F.C., commanding the R.A.F. Transport Command Unit at Auckland, said that while he was not in possession of any inside information, he thought it most gratifying that New Zealand would eventually be so well »served by overseas services. He pointed out that the R.A.F. Transport Command had already been operating t service twice weekly in each direction through Auckland since the beginning of November last. The service was inaugurated mainly for the benefit of the Australian and New Zealand Governments, and while restricted to Government and military needs, it had carried a large number of important passengers and provided an efficient and fast service for official and troop mail.

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FAST AIRLINERS, Auckland Star, Volume LXXVI, Issue 170, 20 July 1945

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FAST AIRLINERS Auckland Star, Volume LXXVI, Issue 170, 20 July 1945

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