PIEDMONT PLANS PROGRESS - SETS SIGHTS ON CHICAGO
Oi June 10, Piedmont filed a historic application to serve the third largest city in the United States, Chicago, Illinois, from three
points on Piedmont's routes, Louisville, Cincinnati, and Columbus. The Company proposed service from Louisville to Chicago via
Indianapolis, Cincinnati-Chicaqo via Indianapolis, and Columbus-Chicago via Dayton, Ft. Wavne, and South Bend. At the same
time, a motion to include Piedmont's application v/ith an application for a similar service filed by Eastern Airlines in 1946v/asmade.
Service to Chicago is a natural for Piedmont. Sixty-five percent of Piedmont passengers are interline passengers, and a great per
centage of these are destined for Chicago. No service is available from the Tidew/ater and Appalachian South except by tw/o quite
roundabout routes, and Piedmont's application, if granted, v/ill open up a tremendous nev/ potential.
At present, the only applicants for this service are Eastern and Piedmont, but there may v/ell be others. Unlike Piedmont's Wash
ington application v/hen the Company was the only applicant, the Chicago application presents a most complex problem,one which
may take years to decide.
Examiner William F. Cusick has scheduled a pre-hearing conference in Washington on June 30, at which all interested parties will
be present. Purpose of this conference is to clearly define the issues involved. Carriers seeking to have their applications corBoli-
dated with Eastern's will present reasons why such consolidation should be effected, and Examiner Cusick will rule on what issues
should be included. Bureau counsel will propose that certain sources of information, e.g. Airline Guide,Traffic Surveys, etc.,be
recognized as official, and will ask participating carriers for specific items of evidence. Examiner Cusick wil 1, afterthe conference^
issue a report defining the issues, ruling on consolidation of applications, etc., and may set a tentative date for hearing. What the
outcome will be, only time will tell.
E XAM I NE R APPROVES
On June 21, Examiner Richard A. Walsh
issued the initial decision authorizing the
extension of Segment 4of Piedmont's Route
87 from Lynchburg to Washington via
Charlottesville, Va. Mr. Walsh found
that public convenience and necessity re
quired this service on an experimental
basis for a three year period subject to
certain restrictions. Piedmont will be re
quired to stop at all points on Route 4, and
cannot schedule one-plane service between
Danvi11 e-Washington, Richmond-Washing-
ton, Norfolk-Washington and Winston -
Salem, Greensboro and Washington.
The examiner's decision becomes effective
July 1 unless exceptions to his report are
filed before then. Ifexpections are filed,
the case must be heard before the CAB and
a Board decision will be necessary.
J.C.Messick, INT Radio Shop, a
daughter, Deborah Leigh, May 29.
Margaret T i s e , (Former secretary to
Bill Barber) a son, Allen Brandon,May 29.
Buddy Payne, TYS First Officer, a
son, Mark Roland, June 12.
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