How it was reported – ’Joint jet into Europe’ drive
Times of Malta, Wednesday June 30, 1971
Top executives of three British companies, flying in a Hawker Siddeley 125 jet aircraft, stopped in Malta yesterday for two and a half hours before leaving for the next leg of in their 16,000-mile trip which will take them to 18 European cities in seven days.
They are launching what Hawker Siddeley has called “Joint jet into Europe”, a campaign aimed at encouraging companies to buy the executive aircraft. The 10-seater 125 jet, which costs £490,000 can be described as a “flying boardroom”.
The executives helping Hawker Siddeley to push up sales of the aircraft were from Armstrong Patents Limited, manufacturers of vehicle shock absorbers, R.B. Massey group of companies, with interests in machine components, particularly refrigerated bodies, hydraulic fittings and vehicle distribution, and Humbrol, which manufactures enamels, adhesives, do-it-yourself products and artists materials.
During their brief stop at Luqa Airport, the executives met the local agents of their respective companies. The group was accompanied by sales executives of Hawker Siddeley.
Hawker Siddeley says that companies with widely different interests can form a consortium to buy a jet. It points out that there is nothing to stop the consortium to operate the jet on a charter basis when the member companies do not want it themselves. The executive jet is the 250th of its type built by Hawker Siddeley.