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Thursday, 29 October 1964

Senator KENNELLY (VICTORIA) - I ask the Minister for Civil Aviation a question which bears upon his last answer. He said that there will be an interval of tcn minutes between the times of departures of the new Boeing aircraft. How was it decided which airline's aircraft would be first out of, say, Melbounre each morning? Was that decided in the same way in which it was decided which of the two new Boeings would land first in Australia? It will be recalled that, according to Press reports, the matter was decided by lot. Is it intended that the company whose aircraft leaves first will retain that position or will the first departure be rotated on a weekly or a monthly basis?

Senator HENTY - I have not seen the schedules for the times of departure. I do not know whether the position is as he has described, but I understood that if the aircraft of one airline left one airport first then the aircraft of the other airline would leave another airport first. If the honorable senator wishes to obtain the correct information, I ask him to place his question on the notice paper and I will get the particulars for him.

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