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Civil Aeronautics Board Chairman Alan S. Boyd graced the second cover of Air Transport World in June 1964. The headline of the cover feature is Alan Boyd: CAB Chairman with a Purpose. The story behind Air Transport World’s first cover personality.  Economics Editor Robert Burkhardt wrote a lively feature on the CAB chairman who rallied hard for the traveling public while angering airlines around the world. He fought against worldwide fare increases, tackling IATA and its powerful membership, saying the increase was “not in the public interest.”

He also was a proponent of mergers, but when TWA and Pan Am proposed one, he responded that the merger would cost a great deal and not provide the traveling public with a “good transport system.”

The article says, “And both merger approvals (American Airlines and Eastern Air Lines also applied) have been withdrawn with much private agonizing over the fact that CAB has no merger policy; it is whatever the Chairman says it is from day to day.” This has a familiar ring to it.

Also in this issue were articles on the Concorde:  Top Contender in a ‘Non-Race,’ the headline says. ATW also included the SST delivery schedule, of which there were 88 on order at that time. In the end, only 20 Concordes were ever built.

Another fascinating story in this issue covers the Pan Am Shuttle in Berlin, known as the Intra-German Service or IGS. Pan Am flew 15 Douglas DC-6s on 92 flights per day between Berlin Tempelhof and Hamburg, Hanover, Dusseldorf, Bonn, Frankfurt, Nuremburg, Stuttgart and Munich.

IGS boarded 1.2 million passengers in 1962; more than Pan Am boarded at New York JFK in the same year. It was forecasting carrying 1.8 million in 1964, about two-thirds what Eastern Air Lines carried on its Shuttle services at that time.

Aviation Editor David Hoffman reports that the German passengers not only run to the airplane, they bolt, across the tarmac, and “within a few seconds 20 or 30 can be observed in full stampede.”

Hoffman writes that competitors British European Airways, with 37 Viscount intra-German flights through Berlin and Air France with Caravelles 14X-daily, cannot compete with Pan Am’s 92.

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