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Airlines — how they began

Looking back to the roots — the start of the world’s airlines

Imperial Airways and the colonial airlines

Imperial Airways route map
A KLM Douglas DC-2 of the type that flew to Batavia. Courtesy KLM
Handley Page HP45 in Sharjah. Courtesy The
Stamp issued on Avianca’s 50th anniversary.



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Suren Ratwatte

I love airplanes. As an airline captain I flew many including the A380 and Boeing 777. But wish I’d had the opportunity to fly some of these old propliners.