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Wednesday, 27 March 1968

Mr SWARTZ (DARLING DOWNS, QUEENSLAND) (Minister for Civil Aviation) - The question of economics is one which may not apply particularly to this service. The Twin Otter aircraft has been introduced because it1 is a STOL - short take off and landing - type of aircraft which will provide an adequate and suitable service to inland areas, particularly the south western part of Queensland, lt is operating in New Guinea at the present time, lt is a suitable aircraft for that service and the economics of it are quite within range. Tt will replace the service provided by the F27 and, in some cases, the older DC3s. If one compares the economics of the two types of aircraft, the Twin Otter service will probably be found to be more economic and would certainly provide a better and more regular service.

As to Ansett-ANA operating similar aircraft, at the moment I have no knowledge of a proposal by that organisation to introduce this type of aircraft. I know that it had contemplated purchasing another STOL type aircraft called the Sky Van for operations in New Guinea and perhaps on the mainland as well. However, this aircraft has nol come into commercial use yet although I understand it will in the very near future. Ir. those circumstances Ansett-ANA may take up the option that it had previously to purchase some aircraft of that type.

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