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Tuesday, 16 May 1972
Page: 1707

Senator WILLESEE asked the Minister for Civil Aviation, upon notice:

(1)   Which airlines currently hold options to buy the Concorde aircraft.

(2)   How many aircraft are under option to each operator.

(3)   What is the expiry date of the options held by each operator.

Senator COTTON (New South Wales) (Minister for Civil Aviation) The answer to the honourable senator's question is as follows:

(1)   and (2) It is understood sixteen airlines hold options for a total of 74 Concorde aircraft as follows:


(3)   Information on the expiry dates of the options held by each operator is not available. In Qantas' case, the obligations of the airline and the aircraft manufacturers will become more clear by 30th June 1972, when, under certain circumstances, the option Agreement would terminate or it would be subject to further negotiation on the basis of proposals to be submitted by the manufacturers.

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