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Tuesday, 21 June 1949

Mr DRAKEFORD (MARIBYRNONG, VICTORIA) (Minister for Air) - One reason why many people cannot get reservations on Convair aircraft is that seats are booked out well in advance. These aircraft are carrying an average of 82 per cent, loading, which is a higher rate of loading than has been achieved by any other aircraft. The fact that it is almost impossible to obtain seats on Convair machines unless bookings are made well beforehand indicates their popularity. I wish we had ten of them instead of only five. The fifth machine will arrive either to-day or to-morrow. That is the one that met with a mishap in Iceland. When it goes into service I shall ask the chairman of the Australian National Airlines Commission, Mr. Coles, to consider the use of Convair aircraft between Canberra and Tasmania and other places so that honorable members will be able to enjoy the privileges that are at present available to a public that is thirsting for first class, fast air services.

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