AVIATION: BOAC's Challenge

British Overseas Airways Corp., which hopes to grab the lead in commercial aviation by flying the first jet transports on regular routes, announced that early next month it will start its 36-passenger Comet jetliner on weekly service to Johannesburg. With a cruising speed of 490 m.p..h., the Comet is scheduled to make the 6,724-mile run (five stops en route) in the flying time of 18 hours and 40 minutes, 12 hours less than current schedules.

Last week the airline also had good news for the British government, which owns it, and which...

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