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Tuesday, 29 March 1966


Mr Collard d asked the Minister for Civil Aviation, upon notice -

1.   What is the normal time taken to travel by MacRobertson-Miller Airlines Ltd. from (a) Perth to Darwin and (b) Darwin to Perth?

2.   What would be the estimated time of travel for a direct flight from (a) Darwin to Perth and (b) Perth to Darwin by (i) Super-Viscount and (ii) Boeing 727 aircraft?

3.   Would it be necessary under normal conditions to refuel either of these aircraft between Perth and Darwin?

4.   What is the adult passenger fare from Darwin to Perth on MacRobertson-Miller Airlines

5.   Would the fare be less on a direct flight undertaken by Trans-Australia Airlines; if so, what would be the reduction?


Mr Swartz - The answers to the honorable member's questions are as follows -

1.   Elapsed time of 11.15 hours to 12.00 hours on the Perth-Darwin flight and 10.15 hours to 10.35 hours on the return flight. 2 and 3. A Boeing 727 aircraft would take approximately 3} hours to fly either way between Perth and Darwin but a Viscount would be incapable of flying the route non-stop.

4.   $113.00.

5.   Not necessarily. The Airline would have to submit its proposed fare for my approval in the normal way. (Question No. 1553.)


Mr Collard d asked the Minister for Civil Aviation, upon notice -

1.   Is MacRobertson-Miller Airlines Ltd. currently using their aircraft Lyndon as a passenger plane?

2.   If so, on what flights is it being used, and is it quite suitable for those flights from the point of view of passenger convenience?


Mr Swartz - The answers to the honorable member's questions are as follows -

1.   Yes.

2.   This DC3 aircraft is normally used for charter flights and for short haul routes such as to Geraldton, Rottnest and Kalgoorlie. It is suitable for those flights but, of course, as it has a 34 seat configuration, it is not as comfortable as other aircraft. The airline has fitted this aircraft with the additional seating to cater specially for charters from sporting clubs and business organizations. This aircraft is not used for long scheduled flights except on occasions when other aircraft are not available.







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