North Carolina Newspapers

9 - No.
Published and Printed by Piedmont Aviation, Inc.
Piedmont Airl ines has asked the Civil Aero
nautics Board in Washington for route ex-
tensions which v/ouldadd over 1,000 miles
to the present system.
The first petition requests a route extension
between Cincinnati, Ohio and Chicago,
Illinois, and would provide service to the
communities of Indianapolis, South Bend
and Fort Wayne, Indiana and to Dayton ,
Ohio. In another request, Piedmont has
asked for a route extension between Wash
ington, D. C. and Cincinnati, Ohio,
serving the intermediate cities of Morgan
town, Clarksburg and Elkins in West
Virginia and Parkersburg, Marietta and
Portsmouth, Ohio.
The hearings began on September 2nd and
civil Intervenors representing Johnson
City, Kingsport and Bristol, Tenn., and
Hickory, Winston-Salem and Raleigh -
Durham in North Carolina, supplied testi
mony in favor of Piedmont being awarded
the extension.
The states of Virginia and Kentucky, act
ing for the cities served by Piedmont,
also participated. The city of Wheeling,
W. Va., although not Involved in Pied -
mont’s service case, urged the Board to
Include their city in the Washington to
Cincinnati route case and to request sus
pension of TWA service Into Wheeling.
The airline portion of the hearings began
on September 16th and Piedmont expects
to present their briefs within a week.
Local Service Carriers, participating In
the hearings are Mohawk, Lake Central ,
North Central, Allegheny and Ozark.
The major airlines Intervening In the case
are American, Delta, Eastern and TWA.
This route extension is one of the most
significant in the history of Piedmont's
operation and exhibits indicate that should
the Chicago route extension be awarded
to Piedmont,the anticipated revenues and
cost of operation, calculated on a con -
servative basis, would reduce the annual
mail pay requirements by approximately
$300,000 per year using the DC-3 type of
equipment. This saving would be sub
stantially more using the F-27.
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Response to the "Make Every Trip A Plea
sure Trip" contest has been overv/helming
and an average of 250 entries per day have
been received since the contest began on
August 17th.
The person sending In the best entry each
week as judged by the officials of Liller,
Neal and Battle, Piedmont's advertising
agency, receives a beautiful General
Electric transistor radio.
Mr. John Ottley of the agency r e po rt s
that the keynote of practically all of the
entries was the expression of appreciation
for the personal Ized service which was be
ing offered by all Piedmont employees to
its customers.

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