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.
L.V. Crowd waiting at Airport.
S.V. Mr. Hammond representative of Manufacturers with Mr. Shankar Farsad, Chief of the Indian Airlines Corporation.
G.V. Viscount Aircraft taxi-ing in.
S.V. Mr. Hammond and Mr. Parsad.
S.V. Passengers and new born baby down gangway.
C.U. New born baby.
S.V. Passengers down gangway.
G.V. Crowd around Aircraft.
S.V. English Pilot shaking hands with Indian crew.
C.U.Pan From English Pilot to Indian Pilot.
L.V. Group in front of Viscount Plane.
S.V. Mr. Parsad posing with crew.
G.V. Viscount on airfield.
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Background: 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.