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Magazine Report
17 October 1946

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BEA winter schedules and future plans

The intention of the Corporation is to replace eventually the Vikings with Vickers VC2s

British European Airways have announced winter schedules for operation on the internal services in the United Kingdom. The services will be operated on a three monthly agreement by their former private owners until the English and Scottish Divisions of the Corporation are formed.

DH Rapides still predominate on most of the services, but Scottish Airways are using Dakotas on the Glasgow-Belfast and Glasgow-London routes, and Scottish Aviation on the Prestwick-Belfast route. Railway Air Services are flying Avro 19s between London and Belfast, and Channel Islands Airways are flying a Wayfarer service between Jersey and London.

The North-West of England, Northern Ireland, the Hebrides, Orkneys, Shetlands, and the Channel Islands are all well served, but there is a very obvious shortage of air connections up the North-East Coast, and also to Cornwall and South Wales. These will probably come in time when more aircraft are available and the airfield situation has been cleared up.

Cunliffe-Owen Concordia prototype Y-0222

Cunliffe-Owen Concordia prototype Y-0222 - Photo source - Joe Barr collection

It is understood that BEA have ordered two Concordia aircraft from Cunliffe-Owen, which will be used for radio research and development flying. It is possible that a small proportion order will be placed for some of these aircraft for use on certain internal air routes. The Concordia, it will be remembered, is a 10 to 12 seater, suitable for feeder services.

As part of the BEA plan for future Continental services, it is the intention of the Corporation to replace eventually the Vikings with Vickers VC2s. The VC2 is a 32 seater with tricycle undercarriage, and powered by four Rolls-Royce airscrew turbine ‘Dart’ engines. The cruising speed is in the neighbourhood of 330 mph.

BEA announce that a bar service is now provided on all their aircraft, and passengers may purchase alcoholic drinks and table waters. This is in addition to the free refreshments which are served in flight.






Photo of BEA - British European Airways Viscount G-AOJC

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