History of Air Cargo and Airmail from the 18th Century

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Google Consultant, Mar 1, 2005 - 408 pages
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It was first published in French by the Institut du Transport Aerien in 1998 and received very favourable reviews. Through the publication of the English language edition, this remarkable work is now accessible to many more readers around the world. In addition, the author has expanded the book with new sections and he has extensively updated it to bring the story of air cargo into the twenty first century, concluding with a look into the future. The author, Camille Allaz, served as Senior Vice President Cargo at Air France for 10 years which gave him an insider's close-up view of his subject, a privilege not enjoyed by many historians. There is no aspect of mail or cargo transport by air that has not been thoroughly researched and documented by Allaz, from the first brief transport of animals by balloon in France in 1783 to the vast global networks of the integrated express carriers in the 21st century. As a true scholar, he fits his narrative into the larger framework of political, military, economic and aviation history. This book should stand for years as the definitive work on the history of air cargo and airmail, and will be of immense value to the academic community, to the air cargo industry, the postal services, and to the general public.
  

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Contents

Preface
6
Acknowledgements
7
Glossary
8
The Age of Visionaries and Forerunners 17831914
9
Balloons and Dirigibles
10
Aircraft and Seaplanes
20
Part TworThe First World War 19141918
31
The Consequences of the War
32
The Problem of the Cargo Aircraft
189
Airfreight and the Cold War
195
Commercial Regulations Governing Airfreight
204
The Great Leap Forward of the I 960s 21 I
211
The Post or the Abandoned Bride
228
TheTime of the Great Upheaval 19701980
239
A Time of Crises
241
The Era of WideBodied and Supersonic Aircraft
248

Perspectives of Peace
38
The Age of Pioneers and Organisers 19191939
43
Jubilation and Disillusionment in the Post War Period
45
The International Legal Framework is Put in Place
53
The US Post Office Preates the Worlds Largest Air Network
60
The South American Epic
69
The Imperial Lines
84
Airmail in Europe
101
The North Atlantic or the Conquest of the Royal Route
114
Airborne Freight Traffic up to the
126
of 1939
132
The Soviet Experience
138
The Disruption of the Second World War 19391945
143
Civilian and Military Airmail
144
Airlifts
151
TheTime of Safe and Orderly Growth 19451970
169
A Regulated World
170
The Age of Airfreight
175
The End of Cheap Energy
256
The Express Explosion
269
Ecology Consumerism and Public Opinion
282
The Omnipresent Computer
288
The Tide of Liberalisation
292
From Zenith to Collapse
296
The Customers 126 3 The Airlines
349
The Cargo Agents
353
The Post
363
The Airports
373
The People
380
Beyond 2000
383
Notes to the Text
390
Bibliography
397
170
404
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405
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