First Experimental Airmail UK to Australia 1931
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The first experimental air mail service from the UK to Australia departed from London's Croydon Airport on 4th April 1931 making use of the regular Imperial Airways service to Karachi and Delhi in India.
The plan was to integrate the established Imperial Airways routes with existing Qantas services from Brisbane and the Australian National Airways flights from Brisbane to Melbourne. The plan involved connecting these services by using an Imperial Airways flight from Delhi in India to Darwin on Australia's north coast where Qantas would then carry the mail to Brisbane for onward delivery. The planned arrival date for mail in Australia was April 20th but backstamps of flown covers carried suggest mail did not reach Sydney until a week or so later.
A half ounce registered letter was carried from the UK to Australia at a rate of 1/4d (one shilling and fourpence), less than 7p in today's British decimal currency, and this included the threepence registration fee.
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