The Fokker C4 was originally designed as a general purpose military observation plane. On account of the unusually wide fuselage, however, this plane is easily adapted to commercial use, where a high-performance, well powered plan of medium carrying capacity is required.
European governments woke up to the importance of developing a real first-class air transport service sooner than we did here, but when American air transport finally got under way it progressed at a rate that soon outdistanced the rest of the world.
Apparent success in blocking a threatened takeover of Pan American World Airway by an outside interest would interrupt other airlines' plans to seek diversification and start a new trend toward trunkline mergers.
Paris Airport Authority inaugurated its third major airport last week with the start of commercial air service at Paris-Charles de Gaulle Airport 15 min. north of Paris, near the village of Roissy-en-France.
Major airlines as a group reported a second consecutive monthly drop in scheduled passenger traffic in February, attributed generally-as was January's decline-to inflated traffic stimulated by deeply discounted fares a year ago.
A slowdown in yield improvement at its airline and strong competitive pressure in the maintenance, repair and overhaul operations are leading Lufthansa management to devise a new cost-cutting program to sustain earnings growth.