AVIATION: Am Ex to Foynes

The longest and bitterest fight in U.S. aviation history officially ended last week. In spite of war's hell, high water and Pan American Airways, CAB approved American Export Airlines' petition to fly the New York-Foynes, Ireland route. Using its new $700,000, four-engined flying boat Excalibur (TIME, Jan. 26), Am Ex expects to make its first nonstop Atlantic crossing in April. For May—when two sister boats will be ready—its ambitious schedule calls for three crossings each way every week.

Am Ex will run the route without a mail contract, therefore at a loss. Since April 1937, Am Ex has scrapped up...