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Laker was aware of this along with the reality that Channel Air Bridge could not possibly use ten Carvairs. Another Southend based carrier, Channel Airways (East Anglian Flying services), did extensive market research and considered the many problems involved when dealing with foreign governments for routes and marketing. Laker also realized the importance of market research since Channel Air Bridge derived 40 percent of its bookings from the two motoring organizations AA and RAC. Another 35 percent were booked by travel agents attempting to boost revenues by capitalizing on the holiday motorist with the balance was booked directly.

Pictured is the original DC-4 fin with the proposed stabilizers (courtesy Michael Zoeller). 38 P ART I: G ETTING O FF THE G ROUND A comparison of the DC-4 (left) empennage and the production ATL-98 Carvair (right) clearly show the increased fin height, which required considerable structural reinforcement to support the weight and stress (courtesy Michael Zoeller). capacity of 4,350 cu/ft or 4630 cu/ft with raised ceiling. The car-ferry 22-seat version is 68 feet with 3,428 cubic feet. Aviation Traders was required to obtain permission from Douglas aircraft at Santa Monica California to modify and sell the new design.

British United was formed in 27 June 1960 after the merger of Airwork with Hunting — Clan and others. Eventually all of the associated companies came under Air Holdings, which was formed in 1961. 1— Corporate History 23 BUAF secured authority and license to operate the longer “Deep Penetration” Carvair routes to Basle and Strasbourg in 1962. Because of the success of the new aircraft traffic projections were quite optimistic, making it obvious that the facilities at Lydd Kent were inadequate. Channel Air Bridge had 1,963 firm bookings by 16 February 1962 for the Basle and Geneva routes with 800 more on the waiting list.

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