Corporations: New Entry in the Compact-Jet Market

The roar of publicity over such super-commercial airplanes as the SST and Boeing's 747 jumbo jet has largely drowned out the hum of a smaller but still important market. Lured by the economy of jet planes and lifted by their earnings from increased traffic, regional airlines around the U.S. have been moving into the jet age, casting off decrepit DC-3s and aging Convairs, which gave them their start. British Aircraft Corp., with its BAC-111, and both Boeing and Douglas have tapped the regional market with small, fast jet airplanes designed for short...

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