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March 22, 1957


The importance of service to the West 30th Street Heliport to our Company cannot be over emphasized. Furthermore, we are all aware of the need for proper scheduling and adequate, regular frequency to achieve maximum pay load and experience. Therefore, after careful studies, and in line with our mandate to experiment with our route structure, New York Airways plans to rearrange its service pattern, effective April 1, 1957 so that greater energies may be applied to the inter-airport shuttle, the Manhattan, Teterboro and North Routes (Bridgeport, Norwalk, Stamford, White Plains and Yonkers). Service is being temporarily suspended to New Brunswick, Nyack, Pearl River and Trenton, because of traffic generating problems resulting from the very limited frequency the Company is able to offer at this time with certificated equipment presently in production.

With the resulting service pattern, our Company will have the best possible diversification of flying experience (short haul, long haul, night and day operations), while at the same time, developing the maximum pay load, thus rendering the greatest possible service to the Post Office, the traveling public, and developing the helicopter within its resources. 

Plans are already developing for a resumption of service to temporarily suspended cities and other points immediately upon the availability of new equipment with improved efficiency.

The manufacturing industry is well aware of New York Airways' requirements for helicopters with direct operating costs not in excess of ten cents (10ยข) a seat mile, appropriately low noise levels, and reliability. Presumably, this means a ship with multiple turbines carrying between twenty (20) and twenty-five (25) passengers or the equivalent in cargo at a speed in the vicinity of 125 miles per hour. 

Robert L. Cummings Jr. 

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