asked the Minister of Supply how many Viking aircraft, including those bearing British European Airways Corporation markings, have been sold to purchasers other than British European Airways Corporation by his Department; what were the names of the purchasers; and how did the selling price compare with the price paid to the manufacturers.
Twenty-one Viking aircraft, formerly operated by British European Airways Corporation, have been sold by my Department at the request of the Ministry of Civil Aviation. Invitations to tender were widely issued, but there was little demand for these obsolescent aircraft. The cost of reconditioning to meet Air Registration Board regulations considerably reduced their sales value and the best prices which could be obtained were low in comparison with the original purchase price. It is contrary to normal practice to publish details of individual contracts.