• Short Summary

    Rapidly replacing the famous Dakota as the maid-of-all-work on the world's skies, the Vickers Viscount airliner is now going into service with many big airline organisations - with outstanding success.

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    Rapidly replacing the famous Dakota as the maid-of-all-work on the world's skies, the Vickers Viscount airliner is now going into service with many big airline organisations - with outstanding success.

    The results have shown a major increase in business in almost be very case. Middle East Airlines, who operate a fleet of five Viscounts, have issued a report traffic increases on key services since the Viscounts were introduced into service 1956 and 1957.

    The report states, "The operation of Viscounts has enabled MEA to achieve two aims - to build up our regional Middle East Services, and to develope from regional to inter-continental carrier by extension of our routes to the continent of Europe and to the United Kingdom. We are now operating Viscounts to Istanbul, Athens, Rome, Vienna, Frankfurt, Zurich, Paris and London".

    Philippine airlines report enthusiastic comments from Viscount passengers - many of them American - the typical example, from a traveller from Laguna Beach, California, was "The Vickers Viscount is far ahead of anything I have experienced before".

    Sir George Edwards, Managing Director of Vickers Armstrong, has received a letter from Mr. Arthur Butler of Butler Air Transport, Mascot, New South Wales, which says; As you know, my company has been operating Viscount 747 aircraft for nearly two years. These wonderful aircraft have brought a standard of travel, equal to the world's best, to the cutback people we serve. They are continuing, day by day, to attract more traffic".

    The report of Air France for the year 1956 reports a 19 per cent increase in the airline's traffic between London and Paris, a Viscount route.

    Latest organisation to take delivery of the Viscount is the Indian Airlines Corporation and there was a big crowd of enthusiastic onlookers waiting to receive the new airliner when it arrived at the Palam Airport, Delhi, on Friday, September 20.

    Flown from Britain by an Indian crew, the aircraft was welcomed by Mr. Shankas Prasad - Chief of the IAC - who also welcomed the chief test pilot of Vickers who will train Indian pilots to fly the new machines.

    Among the other passengers on the 'plane was a very young passenger who left the aircraft, fast-asleep in a carry-cot and quite unaware of having taken part in a history making flight.

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    Film ID:
    VLVA9726U2R8J49ZUAN2O5SCZ3UGO
    Media URN:
    VLVA9726U2R8J49ZUAN2O5SCZ3UGO
    Group:
    Reuters - Including Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    01/01/1956
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:01:02:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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