Thursday, 7 July 2011
The world according to Air France
The wording at the bottom of the card says, in both French and English, "On the world's largest air network, the world's best new aircraft". On the left is a Lockheed Super Constellation and on the right, a Vickers Viscount. If these are the world's best new aircraft, I'd probably date the card to the 1950s, but that's only a guess.
I'm a little surprised that Air France was ever the world's largest air network. According to the Air France Museum website, the network in 1946 was 160,000 km when it was claimed to be the longest in the world, having risen from 46,500 in 1938. By 1952 it was 250,000 km long but whether it was still the longest, I don't know. I haven't found equivalent figures for other airlines.