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October 28, 1968

Changing Global Patterns

Overseas Profit Rate Lures Us. Afrilnes

Changing Global Patterns

Atlantic Passenger Growth Rate Slumps

Air Transport

Airlines Reshaping International Routes with Advanced Technology

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Changing Global Patterns

Overseas Profit Rate Lures Us. Afrilnes

Washington-Greater economic rewards in international operations are accentuating the interest of U.S. airlines in obtaining new offshore routes. Accompanying the introduction of the more efficient, larger capacity turbojet aircraft, the international operations of U.S. carriers have shown since 1959 a consistently higher rate-of-profit return on their investment than have domestic services of the trunk airlines (see chart, above).

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Changing Global Patterns

Atlantic Passenger Growth Rate Slumps

New York-Slump in the North Atlantic airlines’ passenger traffic growth rate is continuing unabated under the influence of external forces depressing the market since President Johnson’s New Year’s Day travel restriction proposals.

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Air Transport

Airlines Reshaping International Routes with Advanced Technology

Washington-Round-the-world routes are now evolving from a thin line of conveniently linked but unrelated route fragments into a new structural concept that will radically broaden airline marketing goals. The operational flexibility of a round-the-world route has been adequately refined over the years, but its marketing versatility has yet to be fully expanded.

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Changing Global Patterns

Airlines Push for Permanent Tube Joints

Long Beach, Calif.-McDonnell Douglas Corp.’s recent decision to adopt permanent joints to replace threaded connections for tubular systems on its DC-10 transport is spearheading acceptance of the method in commercial aircraft. Lockheed California Co. is committed to a similar course on the L-1011 transport program and says its selection of a particular manufacturing technique is imminent.

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Changing Global Patterns

Equipment Firms Acting to Expand Leasing Market to Airlines Abroad

New York-Airline equipment leasing that has blossomed into a major alternative source of capital for U.S. carriers is about to be exported overseas. Only a minority of the growing roster of American leasing companies or institutions leasing to airlines is taking specific steps to tap the market outside the U.S. But there is little doubt that any agreements with non-U.S. carriers will attract new entrants to the market there as they have at home.

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Changing Global Patterns

Eurocontrol Readies Procedures for Sst

Brussels-European Organization for the Safety of Air Navigation (Eurocontrol) is well into its general preparation for the upper air traffic control of supersonic transports, but the uncertainty which surrounds the question of whether supersonic flights will be permitted over land is hampering re-equipment and procedural plans.

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Changing Global Patterns

Avionics Play Major Rote in Eastern Stol Evaluation

New York—Unusual flight path control capabilities with new three-dimensional guidance information have been complementary key elements in the sevenweek STOL demonstration program conducted by Eastern Airlines and McDonnell Douglas here.

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Special Report—East European Airlines, Part 3

Jat Seeks U.s. Jets to Expand Markets

Belgrade-Yugoslav Airlines (JAT) is seeking to strengthen its competitive position in Europe and the Middle East with the long-range aim of using this base to launch intercontinental service over major world routes. JAT’s first step will be to double the size of its jet fleet over the next three years by purchasing seven new transports.

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Changing Global Patterns

Overwater Routes Become Battleground for Giant Jets

Los Angeles—Lockheed Aircraft Corp. and McDonnell Douglas Corp. are looking increasingly to intercontinental routes as the next market for their three-engine L-1011 and DC-10 aircraft, a province Boeing had staked out for its four-engine 747 giant jet.

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Changing Global Patterns

Multiplexing in Jet Transports to Grow

Multiplexed entertainment/passenger service system on the Boeing 747 presages increasing use of multiplexing and related techniques on other new transports, including the Lockheed L-1011, McDonnell Douglas DC-10 and Boeing supersonic transport.

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