Routes and Rates

Cover postmarked:- VICTORIA DEC 6 1940 Handwritten note on back:- "Delivered Dec. 24th 1940"

While many aerophilatelists enjoy collecting First Flight Covers, others are more interested in the routes by which commercial air mail has travelled, and/or the postage rates were charged.

The above cover, for example, is franked 30 cents, which covered air mail serice within Canada, a flight across the Atlantic, and any available air mail services in Europe to its destination.

To complete its journey from Victoria to England in December 1940, this cover would have been flown by five different airlines: Canadian Airlines Limited, from Victoria to Vancouver; Trans Canada Airlines, from Vancouver to Montreal; Canadian Colonial Airlines, from Montral to New York; Pan American Airways, from New York across the Atlantic to Lisbon; and finally from Lisbon to Bristol by KLM (Royal Dutch Airlines) who operated a service from Portugal to England for BOAC (British Overseas Airways Corporation).