International Context Aéropostale - Part I

1927 Aéropostale Is Born.
CGEA became the Aéropostale General Company, or Aéropostale. Its new owner, Marcel Bouilloux-Lafont, invested a substantial amount of money into the company; its infrastructure soon improved, and radio equipment and landing-strip lights were added over time. His main goal was to set up Aéropostale subsidiaries in all parts of South America. Using secondary lines, mail was shipped to major cities, and from these points, on to Africa and Europe.


Reproduction of a poster advertising Aéropostale lines in South America, Morocco, Algeria and French West Africa.
Courtesy of Musée de la Poste, Paris
1927 Bréguet 14's Final Flights.
The famous Bréguet 14 was replaced by the Laté 25 and 26. These were far more efficient planes, and could fly at a speed of 200 km/h (compared to the Bréguet's 120 km/h).
1927 Inauguration of the Rio de Janeiro-Natal and Rio de Janeiro-Buenos Aires Lines.
1927 Mermoz's Reconnaissance Flight Across the Andes.
1927 Setting-up Aeroposta Argentina, an Aéropostale Subsidiary.
Aeroposta Argentina began operating in 1929, and transported mail on the Buenos Aires-Asunción, Buenos Aires-Patagonia and Buenos Aires-Santiago lines.
1928 Inauguration of the Toulouse-Buenos Aires Line.
This line covered a section of the Atlantic Ocean only 3,000 kilometres long, but flying across the water in planes or hydroplanes was not completely safe. Some boat companies guaranteed emergency aid and replenishment of supplies at sea.

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