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Wednesday, 24 September 1958

Mr Swartz (DARLING DOWNS, QUEENSLAND) z asked the Minister representing the Minister for Civil Aviation, upon notice -

1.   Are any British Comet IV. jet aircraft at present in operation on international air routes?

2.   If so, what are the countries concerned, and are services by this type of aircraft on further international routes, including the service between the United Kingdom and Australia, anticipated in the near future?

Mr Townley - The Minister for Civil Aviation has furnished the following replies: -

1.   No British Comet IV. aircraft are at present operating scheduled services on international air routes.

2.   Comet IV. has been ordered by a number of companies, including B.O.A.C., and as deliveries are made the aircraft will undoubtedly go into scheduled service. I understand that B.O.A.C. intends to introduce the aircraft on the service between the United Kingdom and Australia, but I have not been informed officially as to the likely date of introduction.

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