Business & Finance: Help for American

To American Airlines last week went a fast tax write-off certificate for a big new expansion program. American plans to spend $47 million for 25 Douglas DC-7s (bigger and faster than DC-6s), hopes to start flying them on its routes late next year. The DC-7s, said American, will be the last piston-engine transports it will buy. After them, the airline hopes to get into the jet age (see below).

The tax certificate is in line with the Defense Production Administration's program to add 600 new planes to U.S. airlines by 1954. Thus, in case of war, the U.S. will have extra planes...

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