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December 19, 1977

Air Transport

Continental Readies South Pacific Push

Management

Nato Standardization Advances

Air Transport

New European Aircraft Decision Nears

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Air Transport

Continental Readies South Pacific Push

Los Angeles—Continental Airlines is refining its marketing strategy for the carrier’s recently awarded South Pacific routes as Pan American World Airways continues to voice opposition to government approval of a U. S. competitor in the market.

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Management

Nato Standardization Advances

Recent U. S. initiatives demonstrate increasing awareness of need to strengthen alliance against conventional forces

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Air Transport

New European Aircraft Decision Nears

Final engineering, marketing, organizational reports due next month; go-ahead decision expected next spring

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Air Transport

Air Malta’s Leased Fleet Shows Profit

Malta—Air Malta is a national flag carrier that consistently shows a profit without the help of an aircraft fleet of its own, while backing the export trade of a nation that has little to export. These contradictions stem from an early determination by a newly formed government following Maltese independence from British rule in 1974 to grab a share of the flourishing international tourist air travel market in the Mediterranean area.

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Extra Docking Port Saves Salyut Flight

Washington—New Salyut 6 Soviet space station design incorporating dual docking ports has enabled the Soviet Union to create a space mission success from an initial failure with this spacecraft. The new design also means the Soviets are proceeding with their intention of flying resupply missions to Salyuts on long duration flights.

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Space Technology

Soviets Invite Additional U. S. Space Cooperation

Washington—Soviet Union has invited the National Aeronautics and Space Administration to participate in a Russian biology satellite mission to be launched in the first quarter of 1980. The Soviets also have asked NASA if the U. S. would be interested in participating in a more ambitious biological satellite program that could involve from two to four primates carried into orbit.
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News Digest

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Air Transport

Price, Service, Capacity Gains Forecast in Cargo Deregulation

Washington—New Air Cargo Deregulation Act will lead to innovative, yet stable, air freight prices while service and capacity expands for all classes and sizes of carriers, industry and government officials said here recently. Growth and eventual maturity of the legislation—one of the first regulatory reform measures signed by President Jimmy Carter—will be watched closely by those interested in revamping passenger regulation, the next major civil aviation action facing Congress.

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Editorial

Message for Our Readers

This has been a turbulent and prosperous year for aerospace. Both the airlines and the manufacturing industry have enjoyed their best year in nearly a decade. But both were battered and bent by political turbulence in key areas such as President Jimmy Carter’s ill-advised cancellation of the B-1 bomber program, his overly simplistic approach to airline deregulation and the stubborn refusal of the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey to permit a test of Concorde at Kennedy Airport until forced by the U. S. courts.

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Soviet Arms Airlift to Ethiopia Violates Air Space of Pakistan

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