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SUVA TO BE AIR
Pacific Defence Plans.
BRITAIN AND U.S. AGREE.
BY OUR AVIATION CORRESPONDENT.
By Invitation ' from the' ''British authorities, Pan-American Airways will make Suva a 'regular stop between Canton Island and New Caledonia, and the Fijian Government will construct a flying-boat base at a waterway ad- jacent to Suva Harbour, suitable for both an Empire service and Boeing clippers.
The establishment of a flying-boat base at Suva was consider J at a recent defence Con- ference in Wellington (N.Z.), and the base will bo constructed, not' only for the use ol a British Pacific air service and Pan-Ameiican Airways, but foi the defence alicraft of both countries.
Mr. H. Gatty, Pan-American Airways New Zealand lepiesentative, and Captain J. W. Burgess, flight superintendent of Tasman Em- pire Airways, Ltd., recently visited Suva to- gether to confer on the establishment of a suitable combined British and American base The California Clipper surveyed the proposed base fiom the air on a flight to San Fian cisco.
The decision that American and British air services should share the facilities at Suva has a precedent at Canton Island, which is ad ministeied by a United States and Empire con- dominium.
When the Pan-American Airways yacht, Southern Seas, which is now in Sydney, re- turns to Noumea she will be anchored in Noumea Harbour and used as a floating hotel until the political situation there clears.
Mr. Gatty, his wife, and children, will be passengers in the Pan-American Airways yacht to New Caledonia. They will return to Auck- land in the fiist south-bound clipper.