The World’s Airlines.

The World’s Airlines.


Supplement to Flight Magazine

Published April 28, 1938, London

Size: 12" X 29"

A fascinating two part map detailing the flight routes undertaken by different airlines during the era often referred as the “golden age of travel”.   This map was a supplemental insert in the aeronautics magazine Flight of April 28, 1938.
The first panel of the map depicts the global reach of the flight routes with notations that show how air transport has expanded from 1919 to 1938 both in terms of route mileage and the total mileage flown.  For example, in 1919 the total route mileage was 3,200 miles whereas the estimated router mileage for 1938 was 300,000 miles, a tenfold increase.  The map also breaks down the different routes based on British Empire Routes, Other Through Routes, Branch Lines, Proposed New Routes, and the Present Night Stops on Empire Routes.   
The second component of the map shows the European routes in greater detail. 
This era of air travel to different corners of the world for the leisured class as well as to the growing middle class is a testament to the phenomenal technological development in transportation that had been going on for over a 100 years.  Within the span of less than 35 years with the first flight by the Wright brothers aboard the Wright Flyer  at Kitty Hawk in 1903 to the global reach of transatlantic flight by Charles A. Lindbergh in 1927, the world had indeed entered a new phase of luxury and adventure.  Yet, within this time frame, new and unforeseen events would test the resilience of this new technology.