1960-01-01

the first year of the JET AGE . . . .reflections 600059

THE FIRST YEAR of jet airline operation has brought many problems — and satisfactions — to the industry. Here the author discusses some of the more serious problems:
  1. 1.
    Scheduling. American Airlines used the “Monte Carlo” method to calculate payloads and flight times.
  2. 2.
    Baggage handling. Almost nothing annoys a passenger more than long waits for baggage at the end of a flight. One approach to the problem is the baggage expediter system.
  3. 3.
    Mechanical shutdowns.
  4. 4.
    Runway length.
  5. 5.
    Noise. Noise suppressors have not been effective enough, from the standpoint of communities surroundings airports. Development of the turbofan engine offers some hope in this area.*

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