AVIATION: To the Orient

Pan American Airways, which for long was the only frog in the big Pacific puddle, may soon get fast-hopping company. Last week Civil Aeronautics Board examiners recommended that Northwest Airlines, Inc. should be given a transpacific route. The examiners, whose findings are usually followed by CAB, recommended that Northwest fly the adventurous Great Circle route from Minneapolis-St. Paul to Manila via Alaska, Paramushiro, Tokyo and Shanghai. As Northwest now flies from New York to Minneapolis (TIME, Jan. 1), it would thus have the first direct service from New York to the Orient.

But Pan Am got something too. The examiners...

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