Business & Finance: Jet Travel When?

When will the jet age arrive for commercial airlines? It's already here, say the British, who are flying their jet Comet on commercial routes. But Chairman Fred B. Rentschler of United Aircraft, whose J57 Pratt & Whitney jet engine is probably the most powerful in production, disagrees. In plain words, he cut through the fog of confusing claims about jet transports. Piston planes, said Rentschler, will still be flying the bulk of commercial travelers in 1956, and jet fleets will not come until several years after that.

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