A BOAC Comet IV from Bombay reopened Apr 10 the Cairo-London link for the first time since the 1956 Suez crisis.
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Airport buildings, Welcome signs
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Sequence Crowd shot, Hakim & greets pilot
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Background: A BOAC Comet IV from Bombay reopened Apr 10 the Cairo-London link for the first time since the 1956 Suez crisis. Four BOAC airliners will land at Cairo in each direction each week.
UAR Director of Civil Aviation Mohammed El Hakim and other UAR officials greeted the Comet pilot Captain Rupert Simpson, formerly a first officer on the Cairo route.
The Comet's arrival preceded by one day BOAC's release in Cairo from sequestration imposed as a result of the British military intervention at Suez. BOAC will pay a sum of GBPE136,000 (GBP139,400 sterling) mainly for indemnities due to local former BOAC staff - the largest sum paid by any British company in Egypt in desequestration proceedings.
The agreement to pay follows prolonged negotiations. BOAC expects to open its old office in Cairo in three months time.