AVIATION: Comet Ahead

At a conference of the International Air Transport Association in San Francisco last week, British Overseas Airways' Chairman Sir Miles Thomas let out some jet-hot news. "This time next year," said Sir Miles, B.O.A.C. will have a commercial jet passenger liner on its London-Australia route. It will be the new 36-passenger De Havilland Comet (TIME, Jan. 2). B.O.A.C. expects that the 500 m.p.h. plane will cut the flying time for the 12,000-mile route from 68 to 33 hours.

B.O.A.C., which expects to start taking delivery in three months on an order for 14 Comets, is already lengthening the landing strips...

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