Monday, May 19, 2008
A few first flight covers
BOAC Comet Jetliner Service between London and Colombo via Rome, Beirut, Karachi & Bombay. A stop was introduced at Bahrain on the return flight.
A cover flown from Bombay to Colombo on the first flight.
BOAC had standard covers with a printed cachet for all flights with appropriate changes.
Lufthansa introduced Boeing 707 on their LH 562 route from Frankfurt to Accra via Abidjan in April 1978.
A special printed cover flown on the first flight from Abidjan to Accra. A special hand stamp was applied to mails flown on the first flight.
Air New Zealand introduced DC 10 aircraft on their service to the US in 1973.
A cover flown from Aucklank to Los Angeles on the first flight on 2nd April, 1973. The NZ post office postmarked all covers flown on the FF with a special postmark.
Alitalia inaugurated their Rome - Bombay air service on 4th March, 1959. A special postmark was used to postmark mail flown from Rome. A special hand stamp was applied to mails flown on the first flifht from Bombay to Rome.
Japan Airlines inaugurated a regular service between Tokyo and Bombay on 3rd July 1972. Attractive covers were specially printed for the first flight. Covers flown on the first flight from Bombay received a special round hand stamp.