The Ambassador in the United Kingdom (Bingham) to the Secretary of State

No. 2464

Sir: Pursuant to the Embassy’s telegram No. 404 of August 18, 5 p.m.,90 concerning the proposed trans-Atlantic air services, I have the honor to enclose herewith a copy of a note, No. W 8742/186/27 of August 17, 1936, received to-day from the Foreign Office, together with a single copy of its enclosure, a draft of the permits which it is proposed to issue to the Pan-American Airways in respect of the services under consideration. There has not been sufficient time before the closing of to-day’s pouch to have additional copies made of the enclosure to the note.

Respectfully yours,

For the Ambassador:
Herschel V. Johnson

First Secretary of Embassy

The British Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs (Eden) to the American Ambassador (Bingham)

No. W 8742/186/27

Your Excellency: I have the honour to refer to Your Excellency’s notes Nos. 1890 of the 10th July and 1915 of the 18th July, 1936, regarding the proposed trans-Atlantic air services and the proposed local service between the United States and Bermuda.

His Majesty’s Government in the United Kingdom are in full agreement with the text of the permits proposed to be issued to Imperial Airways, subject to the following considerations. In particular they note that the interpretation of the permits is made subject to exchanges of notes between our two Governments.
His Majesty’s Government assume that paragraph (2) of the Bermuda permit, which is referred to in the second and third paragraph of Your Excellency’s note of the 10th July, is intended as an interpretation of the assurances set out in paragraph (4) of the note which I had the honour to address to Mr. Atherton on the 29th June last and indicates merely the consent of His Majesty’s Government not to use the New York–Bermuda local service as a means of creating a separate trans-Atlantic service from the United Kingdom to the United States, but does not imply that His Majesty’s Government [Page 728] accept any restriction upon their own use of territories under the sovereignty of the British Crown.
His Majesty’s Government would suggest that in paragraph (2) of the Bermuda permit the words “by either Company, unless additional frequencies are authorised by agreement between the two Governments”, should be inserted after the words “not to exceed two round trips per week”, in order to conform with conditions (a) and (e) of the first paragraph.
In conclusion I transmit for the information of Your Excellency’s Government a draft of the permits93 which it is proposed to issue to Pan-American Airways in respect of the services under discussion.

I have [etc.]

(For the Secretary of State)
P. Leigh-Smith
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