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m p/eomomwn 'errt^ C^Lristmad VOL. IX, NO. 10 THE BEST WAY TO TRAVEL — ALL OVER PIEDMONTLAND DECEMBER, 1967 Nashville and Memphis Authority Is Granted By CAB i PAR«»56U'tO/MABI[n/y J WASHINGTON (DUlLEi) P»INCEION/BLUEri£LO I # JLACKS(U(l(V!AOfO»D/PUlASKI IONOOH/CO«BIN 4 WISTOl/JOMNSON ClTY/KINGSPOai CITY 3«EENS80#0/>lCH POINT PINEMURSI/ "i SOUTHEfiN PINES/ >C ABESDEEN C«£ENVIlLE/5PAf>lANeURG \ l~ MYSTLt ICACM PIEDMONT AIRLINES PftESENT DOUTCS Nfw «OUTE New route extends Piedmont's system to the Mississippi River. Government Discount Travel Fares Are Inagurated Bv PAI Piedmont has announced the inauguration of Discount Gov ernment Travel fares which were effective November 12th. The new Discount Government Travel fares have been estab lished by the Company on a level competitive with propeller and jet coach fares offered by other airlines in 85 marltets served by Piedmont. The new Discount Govern ment Travel fares have been established in those marlcets where propeller coach and/or jet coach service is offered. Heretofore, Piedmont has of fered only first class propeller (A Class), or standard class jet (S Class). Various studies have shown that the average business travel er is not affected by the various priced fares. However, this has not been the case for persons (Continued on Page Two) Application Is Filed For Chicago Piedmont Airlines has filed an application with the Civil Aero nautics Board requesting au thority prjViu^ o£i V lO Chicago, 111., from the Virginias and Carolinas. In addition, the Company filed a motion requesting the CAB to issue an order to inter ested parties to show cause why Piedmont’s application should not be granted, or alternatively, to set down the application for an expedited hearing. 350 Mile Extension Piedmont’s application and mo tion proposes a 350 mile route extension direct to Chicago from Ashland-Huntington, mak ing possible single-plane service from its ten state system. If approved. Piedmont would provide direct single-plane serv ice linking many Important cities on its system with Chica go for the first time, and pro vide additional convenient serv ice from Piedmont cities. The application indicates that Kyle Is Appointed Assistont Director - Flight Operations Captain W. C. Kyle has been »amed Assistant Director — light Operations for Piedmont Airlines. A native of Bellevue, Ken tucky, Captain Kyle joined the Company as a First Officer in 1949. He had been a Flight Officer in the Air Corps, a pro duction test pilot, a flight in structor, a charter pilot and a control tower operator prior to joining Piedmont. Kyle made Captain in 1952 and became Chief Pilot — Winston- Salem in 1965. He is married to the former Marilyn Jane Klappert of Cincinnati, Ohio, and they have one daughter. Kyle is a Life Member of the American Rifle Association and belongs to the Masonic Order. ^6 W. C. Kyle 23 cities now served by Pied mont would directly benefit from new single-plane round-trip plication is approved. Cities which would receive this new direct single-plane service in clude Ashland, Huntington, Charleston, Tri Cities, Roanoke, Greenville - Spartanburg, W i n- ston-Salem, Richmond, Raleigh- Durham, Fayetteville, Newport News, Norfolk, New Bern and Wilmington. Answers Requests Piedmont’s proposal answers many requests by various cities for one-plane service to Chicago. A significant benefit is that thousands of passengers would be relieved of the necessity cur rently confronting them of mak ing two or more airline connec tions in their journeys to reach Chicago and the Northwest. In filing the application, the Company forecasts that the pro posed service would serve 162,- 300 passengers in 1968, includ ing nearly 70,000 in markets that now have no single-plane service to Chicago. In addition, the Chi cago service would generate an operating profit in the first year of operation and permit a sub stantial reduction in subsidy. Brown Comments Vice President C. Gordon Brown, Jr., commenting on the application, said that, “The many letters and requests from our passengers and friends, sub stantiate the urgent need for single-plane Piedmont service connecting many of the com munities we serve with Chicago. It is because of this definite need that we have filed with the CAB our application requesting this authority. With the coming of our new Boeing 737-200 jet Pacemakers in the spring of 1968, we believe we will be ideally equipped to pro vide the single-plane Chicago service our customers have long reciuested. It is our hope that the CAB will move rapidly on this matter and I know our many friends in the cities we now serve and hope to serve in the future support us.” The Civil Aeronautics Board has announced final approval of Piedmont’s application to extend service to Nashville and Memphis, Tennessee. The Board’s action, effective immediately, provides for the extension of the Company’s 7,000 mile route system into Western Tennessee. The date of inaugural service to Nashville, the capital of Tennessee, and Memphis has been tentatively set for Febru ary 1, 1968. The exact routes and schedules will be announced in the near future. Company Is Pleased In regard to this action by the CAB, President Davis said, “We are elated to learn of the Board’s action. We have been seeking this route extension for many years. In addition, travelers and shippers in many communities in North and South Carolina and Virginia have long sought improved service to Nashville and Memphis. Piedmont esti mates this route extension will provide service to 110,000 addi tional passengers in the first year and result in almost $4 mil lion additional passengers, and freight revenue to the company annually. This area, between Memphis and Nashville and the many cities on Piedmont’s sys tem, has long been isolated from pleased to bridge the gap and to provide air travel to this new gateway. Multiple Effort The civic and aviation leaders in Tennessee have worked dili gently for this service and are most deserving of their success ful efforts.” Service will initially be pro vided by FH-227B and Martin 404 Pacemakers with a gradual change over to the recently pur chased Boeing 737 jets and Nihon YS-11 prop jets in the fall of 1968. With Nashville and Memphis added to Piedmont’s system, the Pacemakers will be serving 77 cities in a ten-state area plus the District of Colum bia, for a total of 9000 certified route miles. Tariff Publishers Have Elected Board Members The Airline Tariff Publishers has elected Piedmont Vice Presi dent C. Gordon Brown, Jr., to its Board of Directors. Others elected at the group’s annual meeting in mid-Novem- ber include William M. Crilly of Eastern Air Lines and W. Gor don Wood of Air Canada. Airline Tariff Publishers is the tariff publishing agent for the 43 U. S. and Canadian sched uled certificated airlines. F. Wilson Wilson Named Manager for FLO Robert F. Wilson, Jr. has been named Station Manager for Florence. He was formerly a Chief Agent at Beckley. Wilson joined Piedmont as an agent at Beckley in 1952. He was promoted to Chief Agent in 1955. He attended the University of Arkansas and completed his military service in 1945 with the U. S. Army. A member of the Black Knight Chamber of Commerce and the Elks Club, Wilson as sumed his duties at Florence the latter part of November. CLOSING IN for winter work on Piedmont's new home office and hangar facilities, the roof is nearly finished. Construction is right on schedule.