Transport: Transatlantica (Cont'd)

Pan American Airways has been ready to fly the Atlantic for at least two years. But it could get permission to land in Europe only by agreeing to share the route on a reciprocal basis with Britain, which had no planes commercially able to span an ocean. In the past six months slow-moving Britain has finally acquired a fleet of Short Brothers flying boats capable of making transatlantic tests.

But there still have been none because Canada stubbornly insisted that Montreal must be the western terminus of the projected route. Last week this final...