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dated September 3, 1953: BOAC's Advanced Comet III

Sir Miles Thomas, head of the British Overseas Airways Corporation (BOAC), speaking in Washington on the 1st, held out the glittering promise that passengers flying in the Company's new version Comet III jet airliners (which would be ready by 1956) would lunch in London and dine the same day in New York. The interview with Sir Miles was published in the United States News and World Report, a weekly news magazine of Washington D.C. According to Sir Miles, Britain was four to five years ahead of the rest of the world in building and flying commercial jet airliners. The Comet III was designed to carry 66 first class or 78 tourist class passengers, he said. He thought that, by the year 1960, bigger jets carrying 100 passengers and more would fly across the Atlantic in five hours and a half, and making a daily return flight from London to New York was perfectly feasible.

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