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To Editors: In connection with the announcement by Mr. Trippe of the first commercial passenger flight to Europe on Pan American Airways' Transatlantic service, the following background material is submitted as being timely and of possible assistance to you. Inauguration of scheduled passenger service between the United States to Europe beginning with the first commercial passenger flight on June 28 brings to culmination an objective toward which the American aviation industry has been working for twenty years, and for which Pan American Airways has been carrying out plans, studies surveys and tests for ten. In preparation for this conquest of the last major ocean air link in the world aerial transport network, Pan American Airways' Clipper planes, Captains and Crew Members have rolled up the impressive total of 350,000 miles of transport flying on the North Atlantic. This includes three transoceanic survey flights in the summer of 1937, a final route inspection flight by [[underlined]] Yankee Clipper [[/underlined]] this summer, two years of operation between the United States and Bermuda (during most of which time this passenger mail and express service has been on a basis of two round trips weekly) and the 5 round trip crossings without passengers which the transport company is required to make before offering commercial passenger service under the terms of the certificate of public convenience and necessity issued to the line by the Civil Aeronautics Authority. The Transatlantic passenger operation is the first new passenger service to be inaugurated on a new route under the new act and under the Civil Aeronautics Authority.
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