SUPERSONIC AIRCRAFT TRAFFIC IN THE NORTH ATLANTIC

Cdr. Curtis J. Kelly

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Abstract: For a number of years the general public has been unaware of the remarkable growth of civil aviation transiting the North Atlantic between the North American and European continents. Unlike other areas of air traffic growth, each year the North Atlantic has consistently exceeded the estimated growth rate. During the period 1950 through 1961, North Atlantic air traffic experienced an expansion of 265%. Fig. 1 shows the anticipated growth of flights crossing the North Atlantic between Gander and the United Kingdom during the period 1965 through 1971. This growth is forecast to continue with a 6% annual rate through 1975. This area represents the third largest regional component of scheduled passenger aircraft in the free world being second only to the United States and European areas. By 1975, the North Atlantic is expected to comprise in excess of 14% of the free world total scheduled passenger air traffic. The Atlantic market represents the most important single and potential market for the supersonic transport and is of prime importance to the success of the aircraft. It is anticipated that one out of three of these aircraft built will be assigned to the North Atlantic routes.
Published in: NAVIGATION, Journal of the Institute of Navigation, Volume 11, Number 3
Pages: 187 - 193
Cite this article: Kelly, Cdr. Curtis J., "SUPERSONIC AIRCRAFT TRAFFIC IN THE NORTH ATLANTIC", NAVIGATION, Journal of The Institute of Navigation, Vol. 11, No. 3, Fall 1964, pp. 187-193.
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