Flying Boats, 1931, Jun 18
SANA flying boat, F/F Malta to Tripoli, bs 18/6, franked 2 1/2d canc violet 'Air Mail/Malta' cds, violet "1st Air Mail" cachet. Only short notice of this flight was given, so only small numbers were flown.
Flying Boat, 1934, Apr 14
Imperial Airways, first flight accelerated London-Singapore service, London to Kuala Lumpur, bs 23/4, plain etiquette PC, correctly rated 6d, typed "1st Flight 8 day service". Horatius to Brindisi, Sylavanus FLYING BOAT to Cairo, Helena to Karachi and Athena to Singapore.The flight was accelerated from 9 1/2 to 8 days, and stops were now made at Kuala Lumour and Penang instead of Bandon and Alor Star. Francis Field authentication hs verso.
Flying Boats, 1935, Mar 11
Netherlands/Royal Naval Air Force survey flight, Manila to Sourabaya (Java), bs 15/3, Hong Kong Bank (embossed on flap) cover franked 16c, large purple boxed 'Air Mail' hs and fine strike violet framed "Via Flying Boats/Netherlands/Royal Naval Air Force" cache verso.
Flying Boats, 1936, Feb 16
RAF Flying Boat, Manila to Hong Kong, bs 16/2, cover franked 16c, fine strike black framed cachet, b/s, airmail cover. Image.
Flying Boat, 1938, Jul 26
First mail from New Zealand to Egypt dispatched under Stage 3 of the Empire Air Mail Scheme and first thrice weekly service from Australia, Temuka to Port Said, bs 22/8, via Alexandria 21/8, black/red/cream 'Kiwi' souvenir cover franked 1 1/2d canc Temuka 26 Jul 38 cds. Departed from NZ by sea on 4 Aug aboard the SS Waganella to Sydney from where it departed on 9 Aug the in flying boat Coriolanus to Alexandria. Although 26 July was the official start of Stage 3 EAMS, acceptances from New Zealand were held back for the flight that left on 9 August to ensure that the first EAMS mail did not overtake the last sea-mail service.
Flying Boats, 1939, May 26
F/F FAM 18 Southern North Atlantic route, Horta-New York, bs 27/5, blue cachet, b/s, uncommon cream/grey black souvenir cover with attractive picture of flying boat in flight, Pan Am.