HC Deb 14 December 1922 vol 159 cc3172-3W

asked the Secretary of State for Air what is the total distance accomplished by any British aeroplane engaged on ore or other of the passenger air routes, and on what air line the record was made and the line on which the next best record was achieved?


The greatest total distance flown by any British aeroplane engaged on the passenger air routes is 100,393 miles by a D.H.34 aeroplane, operated by the Daimler Hire Company. The next best record is held by an aero plane belonging to the Air Ministry, type D.H. 18, which has been used by various firms, but chiefly by the Instone Air Line. This aeroplane has flown approximately 70,000 miles. While these performances of course reflect credit both on the con- structing and operating firms, I should add that the data are as yet insufficient for a definite conclusion as to the respective merits, either of types of aeroplane or of methods of operation.