HC Deb 19 March 1958 vol 584 cc135-6W
61. Mr. Coldrick

asked the Minister of Transport and Civil Aviation, in view of Government authorisation of the capital expenditure on the Britannia aircraft by the British Overseas Airways Corporation, what reports he has received on its profitability during the period it has been in service.

Mr. Watkinson

British Overseas Airways Corporation informs me that on the Australian and South African routes where the Britannia has operated for a full year the Corporation's profits have substantially increased. On routes to the East, where the Britannia has more recently been introduced, there has, at the same time, been an unconnected general falling off in traffic, and it is too early to measure the success of the aircraft on these routes.