HC Deb 04 December 1946 vol 431 cc313-4
9. Sir B. Neven-Spence

asked the Parliamentary Secretary to the Ministry of Civil Aviation why Dakotas are not being used on the main air routes in Scotland, in view of the fact that there is no immediate prospect of aircraft of British manufacture being available.

Mr. Lindgren

Dakota aircraft are already in use on the route Aberdeen— Renfrew—Prestwick—London. It is the desire of my noble Friend to introduce improved British aircraft on to the air routes in Scotland at the earliest possible date wherever the traffic warrants. This will depend on the prior demands of the Viking aircraft as they are delivered into service. To the extent that Viking aircraft are not available, further Dakota aircraft will be introduced on other Scottish air routes in the early part of 1947. These aircraft will become available by transfer from other routes on replacement by Vikings. The allocation of aircraft will be regulated in strict accordance with the priorities of the traffic demands.

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