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The Piedmonitor. online resource (None) 1951-19??, September 01, 1967, Image 1

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me pieDmomm Interesting Interlining See Page Three VOL. IX, NO. TH£ WAY TO TRAVEL — ALL OVER PIEDMONTLAND SEPTEMBER, 1967 JOHN G. HOGAN President Davis Appoints Hogan President T. H. Davis has an nounced the appointment of John G. Hogan as Director of In formation Services. Hogan will assume responsi bility for all matters regarding press and community relations and liaison with the various civic organizations throughout Piedmont’s system. In addition, he will assist in preparation and distribution of information to state and community representa tives and agencies as well as fi nancial analysts. Hogan, a native of Bingham ton, New York, is a 1963 grad uate of the University of Notre Dame where he received a Bach elor of Arts degree in Communi cation Arts. He recently com pleted a three year tour of duty with the U .S. Coast Guard. His major assignments were public relations and information. He re ceived his commission at the U. S. Coast Guard Officers Candi date School and served most re cently as Public Information Of ficer and Aide to the Admiral of the 5th Coast Guard District. SOP Re-Opens; CHO Gets Jet On New Schedule Piedmont Airlines has an nounced the resumption of Pied mont’s seasonal service to the Southern Pines-Pinehurst-Aber- deen area. Service will be re sumed effective with the Com pany’s October 1 schedule change. Flight 400 offers morning serv ice from Louisville and London- Corbin, Bristol-Kingsport-John- son City, Hickory and Charlotte. From Pinehurst-S o u t h e r n Pines the flight continues to Fayetteville and Wilmington. Flight 405 Return service from Wilming ton is provided with Flight 405. Following one stop in Fayette ville the flight continues from Pinehurst-Southern Pines to Charlotte, Asheville, Tri-Cities, Lexington-Frankfort, and Louis ville. Flight 619 will originate in Southern Pines offering service to Charlotte, Greenville-Spartan- burg, Tri-Cities, Charleston and Cincinnati. From CVG An early morning return from Cincinnati will be Flight 654. De parting Cincinnati this flight stops at Asheville and Charlotte in route to Southern Pines-Pine- hurst-Aberdeen. New non-stop jet service for Charlottesville is also included in the October 1 schedule. Flight 4 will depart Charlottes ville daily except Saturdays, for non-stop jet service to New York For return service. Flight 1 will depart LaGuardia Airport daily except Saturdays, non-stop to CHO. Equipment Program Outline For PAI All Turbine Fleet Bruce Parrish Is Promoted To Director Of Station Facilities General Traffic Manager Ken Ross has announced the promo tion of Bruce Parrish to the newly-created position of Direc tor - Station Facilities. Parrish was formerly Division Station Supervisor—ATL. In his new assignment Parrish will be located at the home office Winston-Salem. His responsi- Fbilities will include immediate and long range planning as it pertains to office and operational space in Piedmont’s stations. This planning incorporates re novations and additions. Parrish is a native iof Golds boro, N. C. He is a graduate of King’s Business College and the Central Airline School. He join ed Piedmont in 1948 as an agent at RDU. In 1949 Parrish was pro moted to station manager in Dan ville. From DAN he went to Asheville in the same position in 1951. He further worked as station manager in Fayetteville and Louisville until 1962' when he transferred to Atlanta, again as station manager. He was ap pointed Division Station Super visor in 1966. Parrish is married to the form er Virginia McClary of Raleigh. By the end of 1967 Piedmont’s fleet will consist of ten FH-227B aircraft, 32 Martin 404’s (four of which are leased) and one leased Boeing 727. During 1968 six Boeing 737’s will be received. Eight Martins and the Boeing 727 will be re tired from service. Accordingly, after completion of the present new equipment program for which financing has been ar ranged, the Company will still have a large number of piston- powered Martins in the fleet. There are a number of reasons which strongly indicate the de sirability of replacing the 404’s with turbine-powered equipment as rapidly as possible. Some of BRUCE PARRISH They have two sons. In Atlanta Parrish was a mem ber of the Masonic Lodge, Ki- wanis Club and the Atlanta Base ball Umpires Association. He was also a deacon in the Presby terian Church. Expedite Motion Is Filed with CAB Piedmont has filed with the Civil Aeronautics Board a motion to expedite a hearing on its ap plication requesting authority to extend service to Charleston, S. C., Savannah and Brunswick- Sea Island, Ga., Jacksonville and Miami, Florida. The original ap plication was filed In June this year. Service Gap The motion to expedite indi cates that, of the 54 markets which Piedmont v/ill serve under its proposed schedules, 38 had no single-plane service in July, 1967. The route extension proposed offers a prospect of unusual pub lic benefits. Today, with a grow ing community of interest be tween the Piedmont area and Florida, and with the availabili ty of short-range jet aircraft soon to be introduced over Pied mont’s system, it has become clear that a route extension to Jacksonville and Miami is highly desirable to fill a substantial existing service void. Five New Stations Piedmont’s proposal envisages the addition of five stations to the company’s system: Charles ton, Savannah, Brunswick-Sea Island, Jacksonville and Miami. In the motion to expedite, the company forecasts a substantial subsidy reduction with the grant ing of the route and estimates that 180,000 passengers in 54 markets would use this service during the first year of opera tion. President T. H. Davis, com menting on the motion filed to day, said “There is an urgent need, and we are confident our passengers agree, for single plane service connecting many of the communities we serve with Jacksonville and Miami. It is for this reason that we have asked the CAB to take prompt action on our application filed in June. With the arrival of our Boeing 737 jet aircraft next March, we believe we will be ideally equip ped to provide the Jacksonville- Miami service our passengers have long requested. I hope the CAB moves rapidly on this par ticular motion and I know our friends in the cities we serve support us.” The CAB, if the motion to ex pedite is approved, will order a hearing to consider the request for the new route at which time all interested parties will be given the opportunity to be heard. the more significant advantages in having an all turbine fleet would be (1) much improved reliability, (2) reduced operating costs, (3) greater passenger ac ceptance and (4) elimination of 20 year old airframe structures which result in increasing main tenance cost. A program has been developed to achieve these objectives with a proposal for the purchase of a substantial number of the Nihon YS-11 aircraft. Thorough Consideration Piedmont has considered all potentially suitable turbine-pow ered aircraft as replacements for the Martin 404’s, including the Convair 580 and 600, the FH-227, the forthcoming pure jet FH-228 and the Nihon YS-11. Several considerations lead to the selec tion of the YS-11 aircraft. One of the principle reasons the Company is currently operat ing Martins rather than Convairs is due to the fact that Convairs will not operate in to and out of many of our airports without severe weight restrictions. Pied mont has more airports with rel- CAB Examiner Recommends PAI For BNA-MEN A hearing examiner for the Civil Aeronautics Board has rec ommended the selection of Pied mont Aviation to link Memphis and Nashville with major cities in Virginia and the Carolinas. Examiner Herbert K. Bryan said Piedmont should serve the routes without any federal sub sidy. He said Piedmont would meet the needs of about 50 per cent more passengers than a propo sal by Southern Airways and would serve three more Carolina communities. Bryan said Piedmont’s plan would permit a subsidy reduc tion of about $137,000 while Southern’s plan would lose money in the foreseeable future. “It is concluded that public convenience and necessity re quire service as proposed by Piedmont,” the examiner said. His decision is subject to re view by the board. Piedmont has proposed to op erate four daily round trips be tween Memphis and Nashville on the one hand and Norfolk on the other with different combina tions of intermediate stops. atively short runways, which cannot be extended because of terrain considerations, than any other local service airline. In addition, the Convairs have a standard passenger capacity of 52 as compared to 60 in the YS-11. Weight Restrictions The FH-227 would also be subject to uneconomical weight restrictions at several airports. While its cost is practically the same as the YS-11, the standard seating capacity of the FH-227 is only 44 passengers. The FH-228 was eliminated for detailed consideration at this time because it will not be avail able in quantity until 1970 or 1971. Furthermore, the total in vestment required to purchase the number of these aircraft to replace all of the Martins would be so great as to create a sub stantial financing burden. Seating capacity has become an extremely important con sideration in aircraft selection, especially relative t o direct operating costs. For example, at Washington National all airlines are limited in the number of schedules they are permitted to operate. Most Piedmont flights to and from National are pre sently saturated. Therefore, the only opportunity for further growth at National is through the use of larger aircraft. A simi lar problem may develop at other airports. The YS-11 and Boeing 737 will relieve this problem sub stantially. The other available aircraft would relieve this pro blem, but to a lesser degree. The YS-11 is a very straight forward orthodox transport air craft. Tfhere is nothing sensa tional or revolutionary about it. It is, in many respects, an en larged copy of the Convair 440, but equipped with turbine en gines and incorporating improve ments in the state of the art since the Convair was developed. The quality of the workmanship is outstanding and, in fact, equal or superior to that which the Company has observed in Ameri can manufactured transport air craft. It’s flying characteristics are excellent. The only U. S. operator now using the YS-11 is Hawaiian Air lines. They report very favorable results in both operational and economic aspects. The aircraft is used extensively in Japan and is now being delivered to several South American airlines. The following chart outlines the most significant considera tions in the choice of the YS-11. Convair 580 & 60( All Airport Capability (without uneconomical weight restrictions) No Early Delivery Yes Passenger Capacity 52 New Airframe Structure .... No FH-227 FH-228 YS-11 No Yes Yes Yes No Yes 44 55 60 Yes Yes Yes

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