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Archive's Document of the Month – June 2018

Document of the Month: Poster: British European Airways advertising flights to and from Valley, Anglesey

Reference Number: WM/1122

British European Airways (BEA) was formed in 1946, just after the Second World War. During the post war years commercial aviation grew rapidly. BEA operated throughout Europe, North Africa and the Middle East., as well as domestically within the UK serving the major cities as well as more rural areas. It is one of these domestic services that concerns this month’s document.

This poster is advertising BEA’s Welsh Air Service between Liverpool, Hawarden, Anglesey and Cardiff. The poster advertises flights commencing from the 11th April 1949, bookings could be made through travel agents, or at BEA’s offices at the various airports where the flight called, in the case of Anglesey – Valley Airport. Also included with the poster is a flyer listing price lists, departure and arrival times and features the strap lines ‘Far Faster by Air’ and ‘BEA takes you there and brings you back’. A fascinating insight into commercial aviation and the ideas of the time that air travel was the future for getting around the country quickly and efficiently.

BEA operated until 1974, at which time it merged with the British Overseas Airways Corporation to create British Airways. 

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