April 13, 1970

Bruising Battle Rages for Hawaii Market

Air Transport

Siberian Route Offers Few Navaids

Management

North American Seeks Aerospace Rebound

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Bruising Battle Rages for Hawaii Market

Los Angeles-U.S. mainland-Hawaii market is a showcase of airline marketing and promotional skills as a bruising struggle takes place there for passenger preference. In what is probably the most gimmick-loaded airline market anywhere, carriers are casting out a wide range of sales bait, from such fundamentals as lower fares, increased seating space and frequent flights, to such oddities as “Aloha Tables,” “Aloha Rooms,” hot pastrami sandwiches with 25-cent glasses of champagne, free Island Punches and hi-fi stereo headsets.

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Air Transport

Siberian Route Offers Few Navaids

Japan Air Lines inaugural underscores improved facilities need if newly opened route is to realize its potential as major airway

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Management

North American Seeks Aerospace Rebound

Los Angeles-North American Rockwell Corp. hopes to rebuild its declining aerospace business by increasing manager responsibility for profits, combining operating units whenever possible and instituting more rigorous financial monitoring.

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Air Transport

Florida, Caribbean Traffic Rises

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Air Transport

Hijack Policy Reflects Conservative View

London-Concerted drive within the International Federation of Air Line Pilots Assns. (IFALPA) for an aggressive policy against aircraft hijacking and sabotage failed here when a majority of the 250 IFALPA delegates went along with elder statesmen of the group who want a more diplomatic approach via the United Nations and International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO).

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Space Technology

Nasa Divided Over Space Shuttle

Headquarters factions, center officials disagree about size, cost and configuration; additional technology research held likely

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Space Technology

Apollo Center Feels Budget Pinch

NASA closes one of two mission control rooms as lunar program slows; facility may be reactivated for Skylab mission in 1972

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Avionics

Guidance Unit Links Sensor Ideas

Los Angeles-Miniature floated inertial platform which could find application as a midcourse guidance sensor for tactical missiles or as a relatively low-cost attitude heading and reference system for aircraft is being developed by Northrop Corp. for the Air Force.

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Air Transport

Aeroflot Japan Service Reflects Pooling

Moscow-Aeroflot demonstrated a clear ability to compete with western airlines in its North American service (AW&ST July 22, 1968, p. 28) but has chosen to play a more subdued role in exploiting the newly-opened transsiberian route between western Europe and Japan.

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Nozzle/reverser to Cut Concorde Weight

Paris-New nozzle/thrust reverser being developed for the Anglo-French Concorde supersonic transport will replace the present system of four individual nozzles and separate thrust reversers with two monoblock units which will each regulate the thrust from two engines.

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