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New jets, better airports for Australian air travellers

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Statement "by the Minister for Civil Aviation, Senator Denham Henty. ·

Australia's major airlines,, Qantas, T.A.A. and Ansett-A.N.A. , "

have been given Government approval to buy new jet airliners worth over

£32§" million, " ,

. The aircraft includes

. six 55Ο mph DC-9 twin jets for domestic services, ,

. two more 614 mph Boeing 727 tri-jcts, also for domestic services, and

. three extra Boeing 707-338C international jets for Qantas' round-the-world services.

Government approval of the purchases was announced today by

the Minister for Civil Aviation, Senator Henty. /

Senator Henty added that in giving its approval, the Government

also accepted the consequential responsibility for the further development

of Australian airports. '

Many would have to be further improved to cater efficiently for

the operation of a large domestic jet fleet and the operations of Blectras

and Viscounts which would be deployed on to secondary routes.

This work was estimated to cost an additional £8 million over the

next five years and was in addition to the current very costly national

airport development program.

Senator Henty said that the DC9 order - three for T.A.A. and three

for Ansett-A.N.A. - marked a major step forward in improving Australia's

internal air services.

Senator Henty said that the purchases would ensure that Australia's

civil airline fleet - both internally and internationally - X7ould.-.naintain its

position as equal in quality to any in the world.

The -large capital sums involved were also further evidence of the

part the airlines* hard won financial stability played in enabling them to

buy the best and most modern aircraft for Australian air travellers.

Senator Henty said that the DC9 was the unqualified choice of

hoth T.A.A. and Ansett-A.N.A. who considered it ideal for Australian use.

It could also be fitted with special equipment so that it was

quickly convertible from passenger to all-cargo operations.

T.A.A. and Ansett-A.N.A. each planned to introduce their first

two DC9's into service late next year in time to help handle the Christmas

traffic peak.

Each would take delivery of a third DC9 early in 1967°

Senator Henty said that the fourth Boeing 727 tri-jet approved

for each airline would be introduced into service about the middle of next


They would help handle the rapidly expanding traffic on the

major competitive routes.

Dealing with the Government's approval for three extra jets for

Qantas, Senator Henty said that Qantas had a front line jet fleet in service

or on order of 19 Boeing 7071s.

Thirteen of these were the smaller Boeing 707-138B, which were

used mainly for passengers and had the normal cargo holds. The other six

were the larger 707-338C models which had half the forward cabin divided off

into a large cargo compartment.

The three new aircraft would be the standard version of the 338C

which v/as fully convertible for passenger or all-cargo operations. This

model could carry up to 165 passengers or various proportions of passengers

and cargo.

They were ideal for meeting varying traffic needs, ranging from

migrant flights to-all-cargo operations. Their defence value was also obvious.

Senator Henty said that the international air transport industry was

very competitive and traffic v/as growing quickly.

The additional jets would enable Qantas to cope with this demand -

particularly in the South Pacific whore tourism was developing rapidly.

The three aircraft would be delivered in 1966/67.

CANBERRA. A.C.T. 21st October, 1965°