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Thursday, 30 September 1971
Page: 1827

Mr Charles Jones asked the Minister representing the Minister for Civil Aviation, upon notice:

(1)   Has BOAC, the British international flag carrier, set up a fully-owned charter subsidiary, British Overseas Air Charters Ltd (BOAC Ltd) to enter the charter market.

(2)   If so, is this new company a member of IATA.

(3)   If not, has this new non-IATA company been formed to compete with other non-IATA charter companies that operate throughout the world.

(4)   Does Qantas plan to compete with nonIATA charter companies.

Mr Swartz - The Minister for Civil Aviation has provided the following answer to the honourable member's question:

(1)   Yes.

(2)   No.

(3)   According to an official statement of the position by the British Government, BOAC propose to use the subsidiary company, British Overseas Air Charters Ltd, in order to enable the Corporation to compete in that part nf the charter market not open to IATA airlines.

(4)   Yes. Qantas has recently been given approval to form a wholly-owned non-IATA subsidiary company which would allow it to compete in that part of the air travel market not open to IATA airlines. The required traffic rights enabling it to do so have yet to be negotiated at government to government level with the other governments concerned.

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