The Atlanta Constitution from Atlanta, Georgia on April 28, 1974 · 102
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The Atlanta Constitution from Atlanta, Georgia · 102

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Sunday, April 28, 1974
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18-F tit Atlanta journal and CONSTITUTION SUNDAY, APRIL 28, 194 Skytrdih Will Cheap Transatlantic Flight Work? NEW YORK (NYT) Visionaries have been saying for years that the time will come when catching a plane will be just like catching a bus. In the eyes of Frederic A. .Laker, the 51-year-old British aviation pioneer, that time, so far as transatlantic air travel is concerned, has arrived, and all that stands in the way of his instituting a bus-like shuttle service between New York and London is final authorization by the Civil ' Aeronautics Board and the signature of President Nixon on a foreign air carrier permit. The Laker vision is simple and direct: Cut out the frills, scale down the price, fill up the plane. His service, which would be called the Laker Skytrain and would use 345-passenger wide-bodies DC-10s, would work this way: Passengers would be treated on a first-come, first-served basis, no reservations could be made and tickets could be purchased only at the airport and no earlier than six hours before departure. No meals, drinks or movies would be provided for in the ticket price, but these could be purchased at an extra charge. The basic fare for this seat-and-nothing-more service would be low and should, according to a Laker spokesman, attract the low-income traveler who cannot afford to cross the Atlantic at current fares, which on the New York-London run range from a low of $302 round trip in winter for a 22-to-45-day excursion flight to a high of $686 for a regular economy flight in peak summer season. Just how low the Laker Skytrain fare would be is still . in question. In the proposal submitted to the CAB, Laker said the fare would be $80 one way (which would amount to $160 round trip) in the winter, $99 one way (or $198 round, trip) in summer. But the increased cost of jet fuel will cause even the winter fare to rise "somewhat above $100 one way," a Laker spokesman recently said. The fare will be one of the points under consideration when Greer Murphy, a CAB law judge, hears oral arguments on the Laker proposal Wednesday in Washington. The judge recommended on March 13 that the Skytrain be approved for a two-year trial period. His decision brought strong objections from several quarters, among them the American Society of Travel Agents, Pan American World 'Airways, Trans World Airlines and the National Air Carrier Association, which represents the nation's supplemental carriers, the ones that fly most charter groups. The travel agents say they are opposed to the Skytrain because restricting the sale of tickets to the airline counter "prohibits payment of travel agent commissions" In addition, the agents say the Skytrain would cause' "massive diversions" from scheduled traffic at a time when air carriers are in "desperate financial straits." They further oppose the application on a third ground, saying that Laker Airways, Limited, is "not a fit carrier in light of admitted violations of the CAB's charter regulations." (In July 1973, Laker paid a penalty of $101,000 for operating 63 unauthorized charter flights between 1970 and 1972. The carrier is now flying advance-booked tour groups from Britain to the United States.) Pan American and' TWA contend that Laker's service will not generate a new market but will siphon off existing business and create a "chaotic situation" over the Atlantic. . A more technical objection is expected to be offered by the National Air Carrier Association, which, in addition to opposing the Skytrain on the grounds of dilution of exist-; ing air service, argues that the type of service Laker proposes does not fall within the scope of the air agreement between the United States and Britain. If the Skytrain comes about, service would be offered between John F. Kennedy International Airport in New York and Stansted Airport about 20 miles northeast of London, with departures from New York on Fridays, Saturdays, Sundays and Mondays in the winter and daily in the summer. . '. Laker has said that Skytrain passengers would use the facilities of American Airlines at Kennedy. . Chain Opens Munich Hotel MUNICH-Penta Hotels of Europe, a "budget hotel" chain, recently opened its sixth facility in Europe, the Munich Penta. It is the company's first venture in Germany. Operated by Inter-Continental Hotel Corp.'s newly formed Forum Hotels division, the Munich Penta "differs from other first class hotels by avoiding certain amenities which normally make a stay in a hotel so expensive." Each of the Munich Penta's 600 rooms features a self-service unit consisting of a bottle dispenser, refrigerator and oven. Owner of the Munich Penta is the European Hotel Corp. of London, a consortium of five airlines Alitalia, BEA, BOAC, Lufthansa and Swissair and five international banks. Other Penta hotels are in London, Paris, Zurich, Copenhagen and New York (the Barbizon Plaza). Demonstrations, Fort Moultrie. Second S.C. Regiment (1776) TMk. i its Ymt 9 The year to pack up the family and enjoy Charleston's 300 years of history: Fort Sumter, Fort Moultrie, Charlestowne Landing, museums, colonial homes, plantations and many spe- cial Bicentennial events. You'll enjoy the area's clean, white beaches, fresh water lakes and picturesque gardens. Explore, swim, fish, golf, sail, relax. This it ALL in CiAIWMM SOUTH CAROLINA For comolete information & Bicentennial Schedule, write: Chamber ol Commerce. Dept. K . P.O. Box 975, Charleston. S.C. 29402. CfiAfiOY em Mb s. Puis WHOCCMSTOM KOTMMIUTMNNl is. is " I L n ft ' 1 1CT II f u t, ...... u ll torjassuntherestof 1 Amelia's sunny ' i island sorceries. Because, though the tennis at Amelia Island Plantation is unquestionably fine, distractions do abound. Nice things like a chamninnshin Vptp Dvp anlf 1 r . . , - 0. course, that rambles through our wooas ana inns along our salt marshes. And our beach. It's 300 feet wide at low tide, and lies in ' the shadow of 50-foot dunes. That's just for starters. There's lots more at Amelia. Amelia Island Plantation lies on Amelia Island, just 35 miles northeast of Jacksonville. A part of Florida that was bypassed in the tourist rush south during the . Great Boom of the twenties. It's the sister resort to Sea Pines Plantation, on Hilton Head Island, South Carolina. Sea Pines' tennis is renowned.The CBS Tennis Classic and the MRP Familu Circle Cup were both held there in 1973. Stan Smith is there as touring pro. And tennis at Amelia will soon bs equally famous. On fine rubico courts set into green woods. With hardly any waiting, since eight courts are already playable. A pro tpnnis jr w courts have already heen completed. A tennis house with restaurant, saunas and three more courts including an exhibition court with seating for 1500, are coming v in Tulv 1974. And Martv XNAVUUVJLA WAJUA-,3 UilWWkUl and touring pro, is already here. You might, it you tried, hnd tennis on a par with ours in a few select , places. But you'll never find anything quite like the natural beauty of our island. Behind those soaring dunes lies a sunken forest rare in this part of the world. Nine new holes of golf to supplement the 18 already in play are coming this July. Three will run along our oecanfront. And if you absolutely persist in playing tennis all day, you can still have a quiet drink or a leisurely dinner in our Beach . Club, which looks across a beautiful pool straight out to sea. Open now. Getting to Amelia is simple enough. We're 29 miles from the new Jacksonville Airport and 1 only six miles further from the city's new Amtrak station. If our kind of tennis sounds like your kind of tennis, just wait till you try the rest of Amelia. For more information mail this coupon today. To make reservations call your travel agent, or Marriott World Reservations toll free, (800) 228-9290. T1 . J . ..... .. vfi:-?;rt Incase senu mc cumpieie details on a vacation at Amelia Island Plantation including f . - tr .--. J .' tetK vuur new -Ti-rmwe vMCMiinn t. nitir. ' ' r-o- . . mrrr Name . 31 -I Address . -Stdte. -Zip. )AMEUA ISLAND PLANTATION fl Mail to: Amelia Island Plantation, Box NC3, Amelia Island, Florida 32034. 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