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Wednesday, 20 April 1966

Mr SWARTZ (DARLING DOWNS, QUEENSLAND) (Minister for Civil Aviation) - I have a great deal of sympathy for this particular question and I can assure the honorable member that from my point of view careful consideration will be given to anything that can be done in this regard. However. I should not like to write down the Electra as an old fashioned, slow aircraft, because it is still one of the most up to date internal transport vehicles in the world and it is used very effectively, principally in the United States of America.

This matter is principally one for the airline operators themselves, but when the DC9 aircraft come into operation certain changes will be made in the schedules and in the services provided. The first two should arrive about the end of this year and, prior to that, a couple of additional Boeing 727's will become available. Additional services with Electras will be provided for north Queensland. They will provide much better services than are being given at present. In addition, I understand it is the intention of the airline operators to use certain of the DC9 aircraft in north Queensland when they are available.

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