timz From United States of America, joined Sep 1999, 7212 posts, RR: 7 Posted (5 years 4 months 3 days ago) and read 2592 times:
Auctioning the March 1939 Official Aviation Guide, so various trivia to spice up the listing--
British Airways, Imperial Airways and Air France each have four weekday flights each way between London and Paris; British Airways says they fly Heston to Le Bourget, the other two don't say what airport (both Croydon-Le Bourget?). British flies Lockheeds, Air France and Imperial don't say-- D338, Ensign, Albatross? British Airways schedule is 95 minutes each way, Air France is 75; why would a Dewoitine 338 (or whatever) be that much faster than an Electra? Imperial doesn't even give the airport times, just the town times, and they're faster than British too. Fare 4 pounds 10 shillings one way, or 700 francs, presumably including the trip into town from the airport. (About the same distance Newark to Washington, which was $12.20 airport to airport.)
An Imperial Airways Empire boat leaves Southampton thrice weekly, arrives Sydney 9 days later, fare $800; KLM Douglases leave Amsterdam twice weekly and arrive Sydney 8 days later. Air France flies Marseilles-Hong Kong weekly, Lufthansa flies Berlin-Kabul weekly.
Pan Am leaves Alameda 1500 We, arrives Hong Kong 1535 We, could be an M130 or a B314; fare just dropped from $950 to $760 on 1 March. An S42 leaves Miami 0730 Su, arrives Rio 1530 Thu; the other weekly frequency is an S43 beyond San Juan, making more stops but still arriving Rio in the same number of days. No PA flying boats Rio to Buenos Aires, just Douglases.
Fastest transcon is TWA, 18 hr 14 min EWR-CHI-MKC-ABQ-BUR, but AA isn't far behind, 18 hr 39 min EWR-BNA-DAL-TUS-Glendale. Fare $149.95. United's fastest is EWR-CHI-OMA-Cheyenne-SLC-SFO in 19 hr 17 min. Just one flight a day SFO-Seattle, a United four-stop.
AA and UA each have two nonstops EWR-CHI, TWA has one; schedule is the same for all, 4 hrs 55 min westward and 3 hr 59 eastward. Detroit (4th largest city in the country) doesn't rate a nonstop from EWR-- AA's five flights all stop in Buffalo. Longest nonstop in the US is EWR-BNA, 5 hr 35 min; KLM might have the world's longest landplane nonstop, Darwin-Cloncurry says 993 miles.
Eastern has ten weekday nonstops from EWR to Washington Hoover, 1 hr 20 min; they have no flights north or east of Newark. AA is the only airline flying EWR-BOS, with five weekday nonstops; they also have one flight each way EWR-Floyd Bennett-BOS.